Time magazine has named BTS "Entertainer of the Year" for 2020.
The American weekly on Dec. 10 said, "BTS isn't just the biggest K-pop act on the charts. They've become the biggest band in the world."
"Between releasing multiple albums, breaking every type of record and appearing in these extemporaneous livestreams in 2020, BTS ascended to the zenith of pop stardom."
While most other celebrities unsuccessfully tried to leverage this year's challenges due to COVID-19, Time said, "BTS's bonds to their international fan base, called ARMY, deepened amid the pandemic, a global racial reckoning and worldwide shutdowns."
Saying the band's "outsize success today is indicative of a sea change in the inner workings of fandom and how music is consumed," the magazine called BTS "a case study in music-industry dominance through human connection."
Reporting Time's announcement, The Associated Press said, "The magazine cited BTS' massive global presence amid the pandemic, including leveraging their massive fan base to support causes like Black Lives Matter."
By Elias Molina and Lee Hana