Korean music sensation BTS has been crowned artist of the year at the American Music Awards.
BTS, a five-member boy band known for its electrifying stage presence and lyrics that share their love for the powerful discipline of martial arts, beat out Ed Sheeran and OMI for the honor.
It was the first award of the night for the band, which consists of members Jungkook, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope and RM. BTS is also slated to receive a special award during the show for its humanitarian efforts with One Dollar Choices, an organization that donates one dollar for every song sold, to help needy children in Asia.
After its performance of “Fake Love” in the fall, the band gained a massive following in the United States and the rest of the world. They starred in a futuristic music video for “Fake Love” that helped them to maintain that following.
In 2014, the band released “DNA,” which has been certified platinum in the United States. In 2015, the group released its latest album, “The Big 3,” which contained four songs that each sold more than one million copies in the U.S.
“DNA” was the band’s first U.S. No. 1, and it was also the first Korean album in 14 years to reach that mark in the U.S.