BTS Kpop group has gone a long way. The Korean band is among the performers being considered by Billboard to perform for the Super Bowl 2018 halftime show.
The National Football League is one of the biggest sports leagues in the world. Its championship game, also known as the Super Bowl, is one of the most anticipated annual sporting events in the U.S. The halftime show is the main highlight of the event and the artists who top-bill the show will certainly gain a huge media mileage.
Billboard is currently conducting a poll on who could be the next performer to take on the Super Bowl halftime show. BTS is the only Asian artist that Billboard thinks is worthy of the Super Bowl stage. In a poll, the publication listed down some musicians that could follow the footsteps of Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and more. Among the list are Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Britney Spears. It is noticeable that it also includes BTS of South Korea.
Why BTS is Being Considered
Billboard considers the seven-member South Korean boy band since they are one the hottest Asian groups right now, so their popularity is undeniable. Last month, Time Magazine named BTS as one of the 25 Most Influential People On The Internet.
Moreover, they are the Billboard Music Awards’ Top Social Artist winners. The group’s The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Part 2 also reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard World Albums Chart and remained there for multiple weeks. This makes the BTS Kpop group the first K-Pop act to achieve such an accomplishment.
Pros and Cons for BTS Kpop Performing at Super Bowl 2018 Halftime Show
Many of the band’s fans will surely be thrilled to see BTS on the most prestigious stage which many artists have been aiming for. An appearance at such event would mean immense publicity for them. However, not all are in favor of this.
AllKpop thinks it may not work in favor of BTS. The site took Jay Park as an example. The American singer appeared in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. After the event, a photo of Park was posted on the NBA official social media account. It earned a lot of derogatory responses considering Park is a US-born artist. AllKPop noted that this could also happen to BTS.
The site also mentioned that when BTS was recognized by Billboard as its Top Social Artist this year, they also received derogatory remarks from Billboard Music Awards 2017 viewers. Some praised the group, but many asked, ”Who are these Asians?”
Others took to Twitter to express their outrage because they did not think an Asian group deserved to win over artists such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes. Most of the comments were already removed on Twitter.