K-pop band BTS named Time's entertainer of the year


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BTS had a record year with two of its songs – 'Dynamite' and 'Life Goes On' – making top debuts on Billboard's main singles chart, the Hot 100. Photo: ABC/AFP

K-pop group BTS was named entertainer of the year by Time magazine, capping a breakthrough year in the United States for the South Korean boy band.

The seven-member band, which made its debut in 2013, has become one of the world's most popular thanks to its upbeat dance-y songs, army of adoring fans, and positive non-controversial messages.

Last month, the band got the first major Grammy Award nomination for a K-pop band, and in August its English-language single Dynamite became the band's first to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

"BTS isn't just the biggest K-pop act on the charts. They've become the biggest band in the world – full stop," Time writer Raisa Bruner wrote in a profile of the group.

"And they did it in a year defined by setbacks, one in which the world hit pause and everyone struggled to maintain their connections."

Twitter said that BTS "Continues to Reign as Most Tweeted About Musicians" in the United States for a fourth straight year. – Reuters

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