Ever since the K-pop group was formed in 2010, its members—RM, 26; Jin, 28; Suga, 27; J-Hope, 26; Jimin, 25; V, 24; and Jung Kook, 23—have experienced enormous success. They've had three no. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, racked up billions of YouTube views with their music videos, formed an ARMY of fans and secured their first Grammy nomination. They're also activists, donating $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement and encouraging their followers to match this amount earlier this year.
"We're not sure if we've actually earned respect," RM told the magazine. "But one thing for sure is that [people] feel like, OK, this is not just some kind of a syndrome, a phenomenon….These little boys from Korea are doing this."
And there's no telling what's next for the stars. "There are times when I'm still taken aback by all the unimaginable things that are happening," Suga said. "But I ask myself, 'Who's going to do this, if not us?'"
The winner will be revealed during the NBC TIME Person of the Year special, which airs Thursday, Dec. 10 at 10:00 p.m. EST. There will be a number of celebrity guests, too. E! News can exclusively reveal that Bruce Springsteen, Matthew McConaughey, Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Bryant will appear on the special. Issa Rae, Yo-Yo Ma, John Cena, Mark Cuban and Katie Couric will be a part of the show, as well.
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