BTS made history on December 12, 2018 as the first ever winner of the Worldwide Icon of the Year award of the Mnet Asian Music Awards. The award made its debut in the 20th edition of the annual ceremony organized by CJ E&M through its music channel Mnet.
It was the fans who decided who should win the Worldwide Icon of the Year award. During the 2018 MAMA Fans’ Choice in Japan awarding ceremony, which was hosted by Park Bo Gum, the 10 nominees chosen by the fans were revealed.
The other nine nominees for the inaugural award were Black Pink, GOT7, Monsta X, MAMAMOO, NCT 127, NU’EST W, SEVENTEEN, TWICE and Wanna One. Including BTS, all of the nominees performed during the ceremony.
Aside from Worldwide Icon of the Year, BTS has other 2018 MAMA nominations, including Artist of the Year. The remaining results will be announced in 2018 MAMA in Hong Kong at the AsiaWorld-Expo Arena in Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island, Hong Kong on December 14, 2018.
Formed by Big Hit Entertainment, BTS debuted on June 13, 2013. It has seven members namely Kim Nam Joon (김남준), Kim Seok Jin (김석진), Min Yoon Gi (민윤기), Jung Ho Seok (정호석), Park Ji Min (박지민), Kim Tae Hyung (김태형) and Jeon Jeong-guk (전정국), who are professionally known as Rap Monster (랩몬스터), Jin (진), Suga (슈가), J-Hope (제이홉), Jimin (지민), V (뷔) and Jungkook (정국), respectively.
On August 24, 2018, Big Hit Entertainment released the third Korean-language compilation album of BTS titled “Love Yourself: Answer.” On November 9, 2018, it made history as the first ever Korean album to achieve gold certification in the United States.
The lead single of “Love Yourself: Answer” is titled “Idol.” An alternative version of the song featuring Nicki Minaj is included in the digital version of the album.
“Idol” was produced by Gang Hyo Won, who is professionally known as Pdogg. He and Rap Monster co-wrote the song with Roman Campolo, Bang Si Hyuk, who is professionally known as “hitman” bang, and Shin Dong Hyuk, who is professionally known as Supreme Boi.
Watch the music video of “Idol” by BTS featuring Minaj here: