It all started on the fateful day of March 13, 2019, with SNL‘s *casually leaves this here* tweet announcing their stint as the show’s first K-pop (and South Korean act) musical guest — which was a Big Deal.
Fast forward to Monday, April 8th, which is when Billboard reported that fans started camping out in line. In case you forgot, SNL airs on Saturday night.
BTS fans weren’t the only ones camping out, as evidenced in the first promo video — a sleepover in which host Emma Stone and the ladies of SNL collectively freaked out about the talented septet.
However, it quickly sparked an online debate about their seemingly stereotypical portrayal of diehard teenage girl fans, while failing to acknowledge that BTS’s fandom, ARMY — and fans of *any* boy group — is known to be super diverse in terms of age, gender, country, etc.
Then Emma, Cecily, and the colorfully–dressed BTS members dropped the second promo video:
And um, let’s not forget that they dyed their magnificent manes for the show. *adds to pre-existing “BTS Hair” Pinterest board*
Which inevitably sparked another round of people attempting to find out who’s who by…
Their first performance of the night was “Boy With Luv,” a song that’s been smashing records left and right since its release — one of the biggest being the most-viewed 24 hour debut in YouTube history.
BTS also invited “Boy With Luv” co-songwriter Melanie Fontana to sing on stage with them, which is the darndest, cutest thing I’ve ever witnessed??
For their fierce Steve Aoki–remixed “Mic Drop” performance, the boys donned pieces from Virgil Abloh‘s Louis Vuitton and Off-White collections, futher solidifying their statuses as ~Kings of Fashun~.
Annnnd here’s the actual set in all its glory:
BTS understandably earned a bunch of new fans/admirers from the show and here are some of my favorite tweets to prove it:
One girl literally created a new account to ask BTS fans who J-hope was.
K-pop fans have bowed down to wow-worthy stages for centuries (no exaggeration), but the truth remains: how can anyone NOT appreciate that BTS puts on a damn good show?
P.S. The blonde one = Kim Namjoon, otherwise known as fearless leader RM.
And the intersection of old and new fans…is just a place of magic and pureness.
And this K-pop fan’s hubby finally got the memo on BTS breaking cultural barriers *and* the front page of CNN.
That’s not all! After the performance, Jungkook blessed us with a spontaneous Vlive stream, in which he reflected on the iconic performance, reviewed some of his SNL gifts, talked about the progress of his English studies*, and showed his love for ARMYs in both languages!
And since Halsey was at Coachella and couldn’t share the SNL stage, the BBMAs announced the ~full~ BTS x Halsey debut live performance of “Boy With Luv!”