BTS makes history on 'MTV Unplugged' and surprises fans with unexpected performance

K-pop sensation BTS made history Tuesday night, when they became the first Korean act to star in their own MTV Unplugged.

During the 30-minute special, BTS performed songs from their latest album, BE, for the first time, including "Telepathy," "Blue and Grey," "Life Goes On," and of course their 2020 summer hit, "Dynamite."

While the group shared that, due to COVID-19, it had been a while since they all performed together, a couple of the band members also opened up about using the past year as inspiration during the songwriting process.

Suga, who recently recovered from his November 2020 shoulder surgery, spoke about his “Telepathy” inspiration, stating, “We’re in a situation where we can’t meet our fans around the world in person due to COVID-19, so the song’s lyrics describes our current situation of temporarily being apart from each other." Suga added, "I had to work on our album BE and while I was listening to some older demos I came across this and thought, ‘This could be good!’ I finished writing the lyrics on the spot, turned it in, and it made it to the album.” Later, group member V, a co-writer on “Blue & Grey,” also spoke about the past difficult and lonely year, explaining, “I tried to express my inner sadness and uncertainty, so I translated the feeling of burning out as ‘blue’ and the sadness of not being able to see ARMY as ‘grey.’”

Meanwhile, the millions of BTS ARMY members went wild on social media, especially since this MTV special was dedicated to them, as BTS repeatedly expressed their disappointment over not being able to tour their BE album as planned due to the pandemic. “This situation where we can’t see each other is very difficult for us and makes us question what we are doing,” was one particularly somber confession.

However, the moment fans loved most was when BTS delivered an Unplugged surprise – for the first time, they covered Coldplay's "Fix You," a song that gave them comfort through such difficult times.