The weekend of May 20th was a really busy and fun weekend for Las Vegas. EDC was back in town that weekend. Also the Las Vegas Knights had their semifinals match that weekend at T-Mobile Arena. However, I took a different approach than those two. I went classier and went to the Billboard Music Awards that were being held at Grand Garden Arena at the MGM.
If you didn’t know the Grand Garden Arena was where they held K-Pop Masters years ago. This was the first time for me to be there though. When I got there it was so hectic. A lot of people! But understandable. It was just like my experience before the show at the American Music Awards again haha. Actually when I finally got inside and saw the stage set up it totally reminded me of how the AMAs stage looked too. Before the show even started I already felt the presence of ARMY in the audience as they were already practicing their fan chants counting down to the start of the show. When the show started Kelly Clarkson, this year’s host, started it by talking about the recent school shooting that took place in Texas which I liked because she set the tone for the rest of the show that we should just have a fun time that night but also remember what’s going on in the world and remind people that we can come together through a thing such as music and just feel united. They then did the introductions of everyone who was going to be featured that night on the awards show on the television screens in the arena; And then once I saw and heard BTS on those screens I was like, “This is it. This is really going to happen tonight! We are going to make big history again as a K-Pop community.” I’m just going to name off who performed throughout the night and who won the awards, because it’s hard remembering the exact order of the show entirely, because it was crazy fun. Then I’ll talk about BTS’s performance and award they won in more detail. So first off the performances. Performances of the night included stages by the likes of Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, Arianna Grande, Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Macklemore and Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello and Pharrell, and Salt-N-Pepa. They actually had some good collab stages this year and it was cool to see some artists perform songs for the first time not just BTS. They had a lot of awards too. Top 100 Song went to ‘Despacito’ again. I think it won at the AMAs too. Top Female Artist was Taylor Swift then they played a little tribute video to her success as well. Top EDM Artist award went to Chainsmokers. I liked how during their acceptance speech –they also payed homage to fellow EDM artist Avicii. I used to listen to some of his songs too, so it was pretty nice that they did that. Post Malone won Top Rap Song. Taylor Swift actually also won Top Selling Album! Then everyone payed tribute as this year BBMAs honored Janet Jackson as 2018’s Icon Award winner. Bruno Mars presented the award as well. Sam Hunt took home Top Country Song Award. Then Camila Cabello took home Billboard Chart Achievement Award. There was one more award of the night for Top Artist of the year, but I actually didn’t get to see who took home that award.
Now, let’s get on to the main attraction of the night. Well maybe just for me, ARMY, and other K-Pop fans out there. After continuous fan chants in the audience during commercial breaks for BTS which was starting to become funny because I could tell non-Kpop fans were starting to get annoyed, after Chainsmokers won the award for Top EDM Artist BTS were presented the Top Social Artist award with a landslide victory just like how they won it last year. They were pretty much up against the same nominees class they had last year too, so I was just waiting for it haha. The audience went crazy and I was so proud that BTS represented. I also liked the speech RM gave that their words carry weight in all of our hearts and help change lives. Jimin also slipped in a little Korean at the end and represented and paid respect for all of the other Koreans out there in the U.S. and back home and I was like, “Yesss!”. I’m also glad I was able to understand Jimin and knew what he said haha. I feel like it was good timing that they were presented with that award after Top EDM Artist, because EDM is almost close in style to K-Pop and BTS also worked with Chainsmokers before. Later on in the night I also got to see in person BTS perform their new title song FAKE LOVE even before they performed it on stage in Korea. Once again the arena went nuts. I think it was the loudest it was during the night as well –well besides when the Top Social Artist Award was being presented. It was so cool! I was one of the first ones to see the full choreography for FAKE LOVE performed and in person! It brought me back to unbelievable memories at the AMAs back in November of last year; but a little bit sweeter because besides the AMAs, the BBMAs where BTS first made their name known to a lot of people in America by taking home the award last year for Top Social Artist but not performing but saying to fans if given the opportunity they would love to perform on that Billboard Music Award stage. Therefore, being there in the same room with them as they got to accomplish that lifelong dream was indescribable and profound for me as well. I was glad that I was sitting next to some other BTS fans and also people that didn’t yet really know who BTS was, because we all had a fun next-level experience together. After BTS finished performing and the BBMAs went to commercial break, I actually decided to leave haha. That’s why I didn’t get to see who won Top Artist Award of the year; but hey, I still got my money’s worth and have no problem/regrets leaving haha(plus I didn’t want to deal with post awards show traffic again).
After the BBMAs, I didn’t feel like going home yet and calling it a night. I wanted my night to stay legendary and turnt up. I actually already had a room reserved at Alexis Park Resort and went there and threw something to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. I guess you can say it acted as an after party as well for BTS haha. I ordered Honey Pig on UberEats, had some soju, played some beer pong, watched a BBMAs replay on tv so I got to see another perspective of BTS winning the Top Social Artist Award and performing FAKE LOVE, then called it a night. Woke up the next morning still in a good mood.
Getting tickets for this was extremely stressful, and thankfully my friends dad helped us out. Quoting him “I think BTS stands for Bullshit Ticketmaster Sucks” haha. We stayed at the Westin in Costa Mesa, which is kind of far from the Honda Center in Anaheim, but
we were okay with that. We got there extremely early on Day 1, which seemed kind of insane to me, but my friend really wanted merch and the new lightstick. So waiting in a line that seemed forever, we got her lightstick! Which left her old one for me to use. There were so many ARMY Moms! It was so nice getting to meet them all!
We finally found where we needed to line up to get in, and then, at the doors, found out we couldn’t bring our backpack or cameras inside the venue! Which sucked cause then we had to find a way to check them in, and hoped our cameras would make it out alive. With all the threats that have happened in the past with Rap Monster and now Jimin, we understood why they needed to do this, but we wish we had known before we left the hotel room.
They started off the concert with Not Today, which really got everyone hyped up! It was actually really hard for me to believe I was actually at this concert. I wish they let us bring our cameras in so I could have got some good shots. I miss it so much. Seeing their smiles, their voices live, is really something I hope everyone gets to see one day. They did perform their old songs such as No More Dream, but in a rock remix, that was really cool! During Fire, we had a Fire sea and during Spring Day we had the rainbow sea! The one thing that really got me is that everyone shouted “We Love You!” during Rap Monster’s Reflection. This was just an amazing experience, and I’m so very thankful I got to live it, and meet the people I got to meet.
Wow, it’s hard to believe 2016 is already over. It’s been 2 whole years with Unordinary Fans! So since it is the end of the year, we would like to announce our favorite songs of the year! IT WAS HARD choosing only ten songs each, but we managed! Please tell us what your top ten 2016 songs are!
The BTS Red Bullet Tour in USA started on July 16 in NYC. From there the boys traveled to Dallas, Chicago, and finally LA. The producers of this tour had asked that no video or photography was taken during the show; I heard that it was because they were filming it for some kind of DVD? I attended their LA concert on Sunday, July 26th. I had gotten to the venue at almost 2pm, I would have gotten their sooner but my bus arrived to LA late. By the time I got there the line was already extremely long; it started from just across Club Nokia in front of Lawry’s Cavery; down and around the corner of Tom’s Urban; another turn after passing Smash Burger going towards Nokia theater and from what I could
see from where I was in line it kept going around Nokia Theater. Honestly none of the Kpop concerts I have ever been to have ever been organized and this is no exception. In my opinion and some other VIP+ ticket holders as well thought that the staff should have told VIP+ to go to their own line from the beginning and once there show their ticket to get their wrist bands instead of telling us to go into the mixed line and waiting for 3 (some even 7) hours before someone came by to find the VIP+ and give them their wristbands. To me it just seemed like a lot more work than what they needed to do. Not gonna lie tho this did seem to be a bit more organized than other shows I have been to even though they could do better next time. Okay, so the concert was supposed to start at 7 but because they were still letting fans inside they had us wait 10-15minutes more before actually starting the show. I just want to point out that please, if you are in the pit section do not; I repeat DO NOT sit on the floor while waiting for the show to start. It is not safe and you take up a lot of space when you sit on the floor that it’s a bit rude to those around you…
When the VCR finally came on everyone went crazy and the video was kinda funny too like at one point it said something like, “Do not shove or push others because they will die.” Like that is such a weird thing to say and it made a lot of fans laugh. BTS came out with N.O first and the crowd got even louder if possible haha. I won’t go through every song they performed because this would get long very fast but I will talk about the most memorable things and to start that I will mention during their song, ‘Cypher Pt.3’ as soon as it began fans got turnt super quick like 0 to 60 in less than 2 seconds and throughout the whole song it felt like the floor where us VIP+’s were standing would collapse any second it honestly felt kinda like we were on a trampoline because of everyone that was jumping there. When I heard the beginning of No More Dream I got super excited because being a Jimin biased I was waiting for the part of the song where he lifts his shirt and when it finally happened I was not disappointed. I was also hoping they would perform Dope
sometime during the show and when it was time for Encores they performed it second! So amazing to see not just that song but all their songs live. Seeing these boys in concert was a good experience I do wish I could have made my way further into the middle of the crowd but can’t do anything about that now just gotta wait for their return I guess. Also I just have to say The fans were super amazing too honestly; out of all the concerts/ showcases I have been to this was the very FIRST one where I think everyone participated in the fan chants and it felt like I was in Korea at a actual music performance. When BTS sang “I Need You”, wow just that fan chant was so powerful and unified it was just a great thing to be a part of. In the beginning during Suga’s part he held out his mic and all the ARMY’s sang his entire part in Korean and it was amazing. Also the hi-touch was great the boys were all so sweet and their hands are super soft like I don’t know what idols do to keep their hands that soft but all the idols I have met has had very soft hands and I want to know their secret. Do they just use a lot of lotion or what? Lol add that to list of questions I need to ask Kpop Idols. I can’t remember to much of the concert from last night mostly to be not feeling well but I do know that ARMY’s are great fans, BTS are the sweetest and I can’t wait to attend another Kpop concert!
Thank you to SubKulture for putting on such an amazing tour.
This has been Patty giving her review/experience from BTS’s The Red Bullet Tour in L.A thanks for reading, be sure to keep updated with everything by following us on our SNS accounts!