BTS may not have shown up for the 2019 People's Choice Awards, but the BTS ARMY sure made it seem like they did by taking over Twitter. On Sunday, Nov. 10, fans glued themselves to their TV screens to see if BTS won any of their three nominations for Best Music Video, Concert Tour, or Favorite Group. BTS was up against the likes of Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, BLACKPINK, and Ariana Grande in their categories, but ARMYs were confident they had these fan-voted awards in the bag for BTS. Unfortunately, the night didn't pan out like ARMYs hoped, and BTS' 2019 People's Choice Awards snub has fans not only upset, but super confused.
The BTS ARMY had quite a few reasons to think their faves would sweep at the PCAS. Their April 2019 album, Map of the Soul: Persona, was their third to top the Billboard 200 within 12 months, the group's Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour was one of the highest-earning tours of 2019, and the group just has an impressive track record of dominating fan-voted categories, including Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards (which they've won every year since 2017). Fans were sure the night would end with BTS taking home at least one award. But unfortunately, they didn't.
At the end of the night, fans found out BTS lost all three awards to BLACKPINK. ARMYs just had one question about their losses: How?
The BTS ARMY takes fan voting pretty seriously. Fans even keep track of BTS' Twitter votes each day, which seemed to show BTS leading in their categories at the end of the PCAs voting period.
While Twitter wasn't the only place fans could vote for their faves to win (they could also vote on the PCAs website), fans felt it was strange, considering BTS' apparent massive lead in Twitter votes, that they'd lose in all three categories.
Fans took to Twitter calling the show "rigged." (Elite Daily didn't hear back after reaching out to E! for comment on fans' accusations.)
The BTS ARMY did some digging and discovered that, according to the People's Choice Awards rules, fans actually vote for the "potential winner" of the awards, but the winners are ultimately determined by NBCUniversal.
E! has not addressed the backlash over BTS' snubs or fans' accusations that the results were rigged at the time of publication. As for ARMYs, they'll brush this loss off and channel their anger into trying with all their might to win BTS the countless other fan-voted awards they're up for this year.