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BTS: "Fans Gave Us The Wings That Allowed Us To Be Where We Are"

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BTS: "Fans Gave Us The Wings That Allowed Us To Be Where We Are"

The seven K-Pop dreamboats struck fans' heartstrings during an exclusive conversation at the GRAMMY Museum, sharing love for their fans, why their music is relatable, and their evolution as a group

GRAMMYs/Sep 13, 2018 - 01:35 am

The seven members of K-pop phenomenon BTS graced the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles with smiles on Sept. 11. A group of 200 or so fans who were lucky enough to snag tickets relished in getting to not only see the boys up close, but to hear why the fans are so important to them and their success, why their music feels so relatable and how their story lines have developed.

The conversation began with a warm introduction from GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman, who served as the interviewer for the evening, followed by a viewing of the original "Idol" music video (sans Nicki Minaj). Every audience member began to sway and sing along, many even knowing the lyrics in Korean. The energy was anxious yet upbeat as the fans prepared to see their idols in real life, with the crowd breaking into thrilled screams as J-Hope, Jin, V, Jungkook, Jimin, Suga and RM of BTS walked across the stage.

As the evening began, given the palpable excitement level, Goldman made sure to check in with the audience and ask if they could allow for the conversation to happen in front of them, to which they agreed and limited their screams and cheers to a minimum throughout the night, out of respect for the special moment they were collectively sharing. The fans broke their composure, quite adorably, only when they belted out happy birthday to RM, whose birthday is Sept. 12, when the group entered the stage, and again as they were leaving. The crowd flashing finger-hearts in the air on both occasions.

Yet the fans were not the only ones feeling the love. When Goldman asked BTS why their relationship with their fans was so important, V, speaking in Korean, shared a touching message that many of the crowd aww-ed at even before the on-stage translator shared his words in English.

"The fans gave us the wings that allowed us to be where we are and sort of fly to where we are now, so we are always thankful and we know that we are here thanks to our fans. So I think that’s why we have this relationship with our fans," V said, as shared in English by the translator.

When Goldman asked why they think it's important to talk about the pressures that teens face in their music, Suga shared how music was such an important part of his development as young person, and that they knew that sharing their stories would help others around the world going through similar experiences, and that was what they wanted to give to their fans. This is clearly a big part in what makes the group and the music so relatable, such a personal experience for their fans.

"When I think back to when I was younger, when I was a student, I listened to a lot of music and I think it was a way for me to escape and a way for me to sort of reassure myself, and I think nowadays, teens, people in their early 20s, listen to music, but I felt, and we felt, that there really aren't a lot of good sounding, healthy music that they can listen to that really helps them, that there is a lack that we could fill… I think young people all over the world face these pains, sorrows, problems, so I think that’s why we sing these songs and I think that's why our fans and our listeners can really relate to our music," Suga explained, through the translator.

Goldman asked the group about how they choose the overarching storylines of their albums and develop them through their songs, which he compared conceptually to what The Who had done with their rock-operas. RM explained that the themes they choose are based on what is relevant to all seven of them and their experiences at the time, and what they feel will also be to their peers/fans, and therefore has developed with them as they’ve grown – from school, to youth, to love.

"When we want to find topics and we want to find stories, it's what is in our real mind. So five years ago, in our debut, we talked about schools. And we talked about schools with three albums, and then we talked about youth with 3 albums, and then folks grow up," RM shared. "Our attitude towards life kinda changed a little bit, and we thought … the story the world most needs is love."

Stay tuned to our latest news for more exclusive content from the BTS event, and visit the GRAMMY Museum event page to get tickets to other exciting conversations and shows.

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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