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Billboard Music Awards 2019: BTS, Halsey Perform Rousing ‘Boy With Luv’

Hit appears on boy band’s latest EP, ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’

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BTS and Halsey performed a rousing "Boy With Luv" during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

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BTS and Halsey performed their hit collaboration “Boy With Luv” at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The appearance, which marked their first live performance of the song, received one of the loudest receptions of the night, with the audience screaming along to the lyrics.

Dapperly dressed, the seven BTS members opened the song in front of a spinning stage set that showed a building and street scene. As they took turns on bouncy verses and raps, dancing in coordination, Halsey jumped into the mix. Mid-set, she disappeared, only to return from within the spinning set in a new outfit. Their rousing delivery was met by gleeful fans in the audience, whose piercing screams solidified the K-Pop band’s popularity and chart dominance.

“Boy With Luv” peaked at Number Eight on the Hot 100. The track appears on BTS’ sixth EP, Map of the Soul: Persona, which debuted atop the Billboard 200, making them the first band since the Beatles to have three Number One albums in less than a year. Prior to the BBMAs, the boy band made history as the first Korean act to perform on Saturday Night Live when they served as musical guest during an April episode of the sketch show. The K-Pop group also won Top Duo/Group at the BBMAs.

The track is Halsey’s second new single this year, following her Number One solo hit “Without Me.” Her last full-length LP was 2017’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Late last year, she made a cameo as herself in A Star Is Born.


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