Back in 2018, K-pop group BTS performed a pre-recorded segment for Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in the new year. Two years later, for 2020, the super-popular supergroup upped the ante — by showing up at Manhattan’s Times Square in the flesh to perform live for the masses waiting for the ball to drop at the famous New Year’s Eve event hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
And the South Korean boy band did not disappoint, delighting the ARMY (as its fans are known) with renditions of “Make It Right” and “Boy with Luv.”
It’s safe to say social media was pretty excited about the performance.
A KOREAN GROUP THAT MAKES SONGS IN PRIMARILY KOREAN JUST PERFORMED TWO CHART TOPPING SONGS AT TIMES SQUARE ON NEW YEARS IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE OF MILLIONS!!!!! BTS WILL FOREVER GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE GROUP THAT. MFING. DID. THAT! pic.twitter.com/vmjTGh4Sdn— zai ♡ 슈짐 [7.5K] (@awjiminie) January 1, 2020
2014: BTS performs in Korea for 200 people.— ح (@37daesangs) December 31, 2019
2020: BTS performs in New York Times Square at New Year's Eve in front of 1.5 million people. pic.twitter.com/FKxHy6Nlol
As a nyer I just want to say this is insane. I didn’t think it would happen but Armys literally took over times square lmao no wonder Bts were all smiles and excited when they arrived for practice pic.twitter.com/5U1rvBLzi5— sally 🍂 (@strawbearysal) December 31, 2019
I was on Snapchat and well.. you can literally hear bts throughout the entirety of Times Square 😀 pic.twitter.com/WSx3gUhz1h— min || 265 days since cb (@KSJPRlNT) December 31, 2019
Post Malone was the official headliner for the evening’s festivities, joined by country singer Sam Hunt and Alanis Morisette with the cast of the new Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill during the five-plus hours of broadcast. But the screams for BTS’s RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook speak for themselves about the septet’s popularity with the live crowd. The evening was also sponsored by YouTube, a platform on which BTS is known to break records with their intricate music videos, heavy with dance choreography.
2019 was a banner year for BTS: They performed on Saturday Night Live, sold out stadiums globally, notched three Billboard number one albums in a year (tying a Beatles record in the process,) were featured on the TIME 100 and collaborated with stars like Halsey (on “Boy With Luv”) and Lauv (on “Make It Right”). (They also took a short break somewhere in there.) Their fan ARMY helped propel them to their third consecutive Billboard Top Social Artist prize, and they’ve continued to dominate Korean awards. Given their momentum, in 2020 fans and listeners can expect more of the same.