Stray Kids is on fire — literally. This year, the group sent its album 5-Star to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has become one of the hottest K-pop groups on the scene, appearing at Lollapalooza and the VMAs — and now, the 2023 Billboard Music Awards Presented by Marriott Bonvoy.
The group — which consists of members Bang Chan, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin and I.N — delivered a pyrotechnics-filled performance of singles “S-Class” and “LALALALA” for their BBMAs debut on Sunday (Nov. 19). The showcase kicked off with “S-Class,” which saw the K-pop idols wearing military-inspired ensembles as they hit the track’s viral choreography.
A few members had their chance to shine during the performance’s transition moment into “LALALALA,” with Hyunjin stepping up to the plate for an energetic solo dance break complete with a fleet of background dancers. Bang Chan hinted at the larger than life set design before expertly hitting intricate dance moves alongside Changbin and Felix, the latter of whom grabbed the camera to take the boys up to a white elevated stage, where they all continued into “LALALALA.”
Stray Kids’ performance wasn’t the only highlight of the group’s evening. The K-pop stars also took home the top K-pop album award for 5-Star. The set was up against finalists FACE by BTS’ Jimin, 2nd EP ‘Get Up’ by NewJeans, The Name Chapter: Temptation by TOMORROW X TOGETHER and Ready to Be by TWICE.
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5-Star crowned the Billboard 200 in June and spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart. While accepting the award, the group made sure to thank its devoted fans, STAY, for their unwavering support throughout the years.
“We would like to thank all of our STAYs and all the Stray Kids everywhere all around the world. Without the love and support from everyone, we would probably not have made it this far, and if wasn’t for the people that have been running by our side this whole time, the music that we create would not have been able to reach the people in need,” Bang Chan said on behalf of the group. “So us, Stray Kids, would like to say thank you to STAY and Billboard for giving us an unforgettable gift. We promise to return the favor with our upcoming music, performances and love.”
Changbin delivered the rest of the group’s acceptance speech in Korean and stated that winning the award was a result of the “tremendous love that STAY has shown us.” He continued, “Thank you for loving the albums, music and performances that shows our group’s unwavering color. We have a lot in store, so please keep an eye out for us and all of the amazing things that we have ready.”
Watch Stray Kids’ performance of “S-Class” and “LALALALA” at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards Presented by Marriott Bonvoy above, as well as the group’s top K-pop album acceptance speech below.