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Watch BTS MTV Unplugged Performance
BTS made their MTV Unplugged debut on Tuesday, making history as the first Korean musical act to headline the acclaimed showcase series. Between stunning, cinematic performances with dazzling customized sets and costumes befitting each song, the global superstar group discussed their 2020 album BE, their songwriting process, and their love and support for their worldwide ARMY.
In the 30-minute show, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook premiered live renditions of tracks from BE such as the deeply emotional “Blue & Grey” and the electrifying, high-energy “Telepathy,” plus a surprise rendition of Coldplay’s hit song, “Fix You.” After a year of isolation, it’s a powerfully intimate performance from the biggest band in the world—a rare opportunity to cut through the glam of global stardom to see these young men and their music.
The performance is yet another career highlight of many in the last year, including a Grammy nomination for “Dynamite,” the group’s No. 1 hit song (and first track sung entirely in English).
And like their intention behind BE, this is a performance that offers fans some much-needed solace in difficult times. As Jin told us in the recent Esquire cover story: “We were trying to convey the message of healing and comfort to our fans … World domination wasn’t actually our plan when we were releasing ‘Dynamite.’ ”
That vibe was clear last night, with the somber, emotional cover of “Fix You.”
On MTV Unplugged, Suga shared that “Telepathy” was inspired by “our current situation of temporarily being apart from each other.” In a difficult year, BTS cuts through the collective sadness and isolation to create beautiful music to support their fans. Speaking about their decision to cover “Fix You,” Jimin said: “This song gave us comfort, so we wanted to prepare this cover to comfort you as well.”
BTS wrapped up their show with “Life Goes On,” and a thank-you to their fans. “We look forward to seeing you again,” Jung Kook said. “Until then, we will continue to stay by your side with good music.”
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Anna Grace Lee
Anna Grace Lee is an editorial fellow at Esquire, where she covers pop culture, music, and entertainment.
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