The South Korean boy band performed hits Boy With Luv and Mic Drop on the iconic show that was guest hosted by Emma Stone.
And social media went into meltdown over their performance.
— kv (@estaetics) April 14, 2019
— JJ Ryan (@JJRyanOnAir) April 14, 2019
Live band. Killer vocals. Moves for days. Crushed it! That’s how you say “what’s up America?” #BTSxSNL
— Colleen Nika (@colleennika) April 14, 2019
Slay!!! Their voices were perfection… They adapted their dancing to that tiny stage. And they were backed by what looked like a Korean band. 😭 I feel like a proud auntie. I…even put my cake down for this performance.💜@BTS_twt #BTSxSNL
— Jae-Ha Kim 김재하 (@GoAwayWithJae) April 14, 2019
— GIPHY (@GIPHY) April 14, 2019
I’ve been watching SNL since the late ’70s til I stopped watching in the 90s. Never seeing an Asian face on their staff always stung. But tonight I just saw 7 Korean faces gracing that damn stage and it was the best part of that show so I AM OVER IT. #BTSxSNL
— Paul Bae (@MrPaulBae) April 14, 2019
If you’re not really across BTS yet, here’s a rundown of what to know about the supergroup:
BY THE NUMBERS
The band’s YouTube account has 23 million subscribers, and their Instagram and Twitter accounts have more than 16 million and 19 million followers, respectively.
The group’s third hit record, Love Yourself: Tear reached number one on the US Billboard 200 in May 2018, the first K-pop album to do so. In December, the single Fake Love became the most-streamed K-pop song ever on Spotify — where the BTS catalogue has already hit the five billion stream mark.
The group is in the 2017 Guinness World Records for the “most Twitter engagements” by a music group, and their take on Drake’s #inmyfeelingschallenge was the most-liked tweet of 2018.
Since dropping their latest release, Map of the Soul: Persona, its lead single Boy With Luv has already racked up more 33 million views as of this writing.
The group, also known as the Bangtan Boys, was formed by record label Big Hit Entertainment in 2013, when the members were teens and tweens. They’ve been living with each other ever since.
The seven-member group is composed of Min Yoon Gi (Suga), Jeon Jung Kook (Jung Kook), Kim Seok Jin (Jin), Park Ji Min (Jimin), Kim Tae Hyung (V), Kim Nam Joon (RM) and Jung Ho Seok (J-Hope), aged 21 to 26, and all born and raised in South Korea. Jung Kook, the group’s youngest member, is considered its lead vocalist. RM is the group’s only fluent English speaker.
Mattel recently announced a collection of BTS dolls inspired by the bandmates — which some fans deemed “creepy”.
As for what’s next, the group is still striving for a few unachieved dreams. “A Hot 100 and a Grammy nomination, these are our goals,” RM tells Entertainment Weekly.
FIVE SONGS TO KNOW
Boy With Luv
Boy In Luv
Blood Sweat and Tears
This article originally appeared on The New York Post and was reproduced with permission