It’s been a rough year as the world continues to wade through the effects of the current pandemic and adjust to a new normal. Things aren’t any different for BTS who had to reconsider their entire plans for 2020. The septet kicked off the year with chart topping critically acclaimed album, Map of the Soul: 7 , and were set to embark on a stadium world turn when the world turned upside down. Instead of sitting back and waiting, they were proactive and made the best of things.
Fast forward to one year later and the group has released another no. 1 album, BE as well as achieving three no. 1 billboard songs with “Dynamite,” “Savage Love” and “Life Goes On,” the latter being the first number one song in Korean. BTS capped of a stellar year making history by receiving a Grammy nomination in one of the major categories , Best Performance by Group/Duo for “Dynamite.”
It’s early 2021 and they have just added another notch to their historic success as they made an appearance on MTV’s Unplugged, joining the ranks of legends like Nirvana, Lauryn Hill and Oasis to name a few. Known for their massive stages and dance choreographies this was BTS stage to show the world that they don’t need auto tune to shine, their raw pure vocals are all they need.
The set kicked off with the first ever live performance of “Telepathy” set in a game room to give the vibe of hanging out at hone amongst friends. Suga explained that he received inspiration for the song from listening to older demos he’s previously drafted as well as making it as an escape to the tediousness that life has become now a days as you’re trapped in your rooms unable to see your friends or loved ones face to face.
The set continued with the soulful “Blue and Grey,” written by V and originally meant for his first mix tape. He explained that the theme of the song compares the color grey and blue to feeling lonely and uncertainty. V had previously explained that writing the song was a way for him to deal with the sadness he was going through so to the change in circumstances and a way to let out his sadness. The set was simple yet beautiful as the members were revealed one by one amidst a flower field littered with lights.
BTS went on to surprise fans (who hadn’t already been spoiled) with a cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You.” Not only did the salted do an amazing job of doing justice to the original but the arrangement of vocals with the base tones of the rappers give the song a beautifully rounded out auditory drelight that brought many viewers to tears. What made it more special was that it received the approval of Coldplay themselves as they group (specifically Chris Martin) is very selective as to who can perform their music being as this is a very personal song for him. The group showed their approval by posting the link to the cover on all of their social media platforms and saying “Beautiful” in Korean.
— Coldplay (@coldplay) February 24, 2021
BTS capped off a stellar Unplugged set by performing their No. 1 billboard songs “Life Goes On” and “Dynamite” backed up by their live band Ghost in true unplugged fashion. Leaving viewers with the importing message that even with everything happening life does go on and you can be happy and celebrate your small (or big) wins amidst these tough times. Not to mention they looked impeccable in all white backed up by their platinum and gold records. Something Grammy voters should take a long hard look at when deciding if they deserve the award (which we can all say they most definitely do).
The year is just beginning and we cannot wait to see what heights, achievements and walls BTS break in their history making career. Whatever they are, these seven hard working men deserve the praise as they have been working non stop since their debut in 2013 staying true to their message, their fans and their dreams.