BTS is awarded at the '2018 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award'.
The 'Korean Popular Culture and Arts Award' is a prestigious ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
On October 24, the award ceremony took place at the Olympic Hall in Seoul. The Big Hit Entertainment boy group is awarded the 'Order of Cultural Merit', which gives recognition to those who played a vital role in improving the national culture and development. BTS is recognized for spreading K-pop and Hangeul round the world. They're the first idol group ever and the youngest figure in the award ceremony history to receive an award.
Leader RM gave his award speech first. He stated, "Thank you so much. As a leader of BTS, I was in charge of the award speech but we get to share individual speeches so I want other members to have a chance to speak a lot today. I want to give this honor to ARMYs."
Next, Jin said, "First, thank you so much for the award. We travel overseas often and people sing along to our song in Korean and tell us they've studied Korean. I am so proud and will work hard to spread our culture."
V stated, "I don't know. I'm not sure how to express this feeling in my mind right now. I think my family will be very proud of me. And ARMYs, I am not good at expressing but I want to tell you that I really appreciate and love you. I hope everyone here is filled with only good days."
SUGA said, "This is an honor to my family. Thank you so much. So much happened this year from #1 on Billboard, 'Billboard Music Awards', 'AMA', UN speech, but I think the 'Order of Cultural Merit' is the biggest honor. I will spread Korean music to the world with the mind of a national representative."
Jimin said, "My heart feels like it's going to explode because it was always the leader hyung giving the speech but I'm standing here right now. Everyone, this award is so meaningful because it was created by our members, employees, staff, manager hyungs, and you guys. It feels very huge to me. I am so grateful for you guys who're with us together and I want to tell you guys that this is by you. I sincerely appreciate it. I think we are the youngest hoobaes here. I am honored to meet the sunbaenims I sincerely admire. Just like the sunbaenims, I will work hard to become a person that gives good influence to many people."
Jungkook stated, "First, thank you for giving us such meaning award. I think it's a great honor to be accepting an award with the sunbaenims here. And to be honest, I feel like this award is very overwhelming to us. But I will think that it was given for us to work harder and gratefully accept it. I appreciate ARMYs who cheer for us from close and afar, our family, and Bang Si Hyuk daepyonim. I will spread Korean culture to various places around the world."
Last but not least, j-hope said, "This is j-hope, the hope of BTS. I have been continuously saying this (introduction) and I'm so so happy that I'm actually becoming a hope to Korean pop culture. 'Order of Cultural Merit' - it's really a big award. It's a heavy award containing the hard work and passion of numerous staff members, BTS' blood and sweat, and worldwide ARMYs cheers. I will become the hope to the pop culture and amazingly promote. Thank you so much. ARMYs, I love you."