AceShowbiz - It is an undeniable fact that K-Pop is starting to have a place in the western music scene. Just recently, Bangtan Boys a.k.a. BTS further validated their place in Hollywood after bagging Favorite Social Artist Award at the 2018 American Music Awards. This marked another victory for the seven-piece group which first stole attention from people around the world following their win for Top Social Artist Award at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.
The award launches BTS to stardom in the U.S. with many big Hollywood stars claiming to be a fan. It may not be shocking if BTS gets some teen stars under their skin with their music and looks, but would you believe that 40-something stars are secretly enjoying them just as much as youngsters nowadays?
Not only BTS, but also the likes of Girls' Generation and Wonder Girls have spread the K-Pop virus among Hollywood stars. So let's find out which big celebrities who have a crush on these Korean idols.
Up and coming K-Pop act NCT 127, who made its U.S. TV debut this month by appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", has been a fan of DJ Khaled that they mentioned the "No Brainer" hitmaker in several occasions during their activities in the states. But much to their own surprise, the DJ appeared to reciprocate their feelings as the former made a surprise FaceTime call during the 10-piece group's appearance on Apple's Beats 1.
The famed music producer even claimed that he's down for a collaboration anytime soon. "I want to thank y'all for showing me love, man, saying you want to collaborate with me--I'm honored that you're saying that, [that] you even think about working with me, and I appreciate that. And I'm ready [for] whatever--whatever you want to do," he told the group.
ANOTHA ONE with the man himself @DJKhaled!!!— NCT 127 (@NCTsmtown_127) October 8, 2018
진짜진짜 깜짝놀랄 영상통화를 했어요. 재밌는 추억이었고 @DJKhaled@beats1@zanelowe가 뒤집어 놓으셨다!WE THE BEST!
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He went on introducing NCT 127 to his adorable son Asahd. When asked if NCT 127-DJ Khaled collaboration would be happening, DJ Khaled immediately responded, "Yes, we gotta do it, man! Why not? Let's make it happen, man! I'm about love, and that’s what y'all about, is love." He playfully added, "And our fans worldwide--why not give them 'another one'?"
joe jonas in 2009 wearing a wonder girls shirt.— d ♡ (@kkuIfm) August 29, 2017
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Apparently, this wasn't the first time the Jonas brother showed his fanatic side to the "Nobody" hitmaker, who was among one of the biggest Asian groups at that time.
Joe even enlisted the South Korean girl group, who disbanded in January 2017, to join the Jonas Brothers in various North American tour dates in 2009, serving as their opening act for their entire tour.
Emma Stone also struggles to resist the charm of K-Pop groups. The Emmy-winning actress declares that she's obsessed with K-Pop, especially 2NE1, during her appearance on "Conan". "It's a global phenomenon," she told host Conan O'Brien of K-Pop music, before adding, "It's beyond excellent. It's the best thing you've ever seen."
She revealed that she met the group during her promotion for "The Amazing Spider-Man". The "La La Land" star went on saying that her favorite song of 2NE1 was their 2011 single titled "I Am the Best".
Lady GaGa, meanwhile, decided to experience a K-Pop gig first hand as she was spotted jamming to HyunA at the music festival SXSW (South By Southwest) in 2014. The worldwide star, who participated at the event that also saw Jay Park performing, was seen dancing enthustiacally to HyunA's summer bop "Bubble Pop".
"Lady Gaga always had a great interest in K-Pop," an SXSW representative said. "There were rumors she was coming to 'K-Pop Night Out,' but I didn't think she'd actually come."
Popular singer Lorde is also a K-Pop fan. "Personally, I really like K-Pop groups," she said in an interview with Universal Music.
A singer-songwriter herself, Lorde admitted that she's drawn to K-Pop by its unique sound. "It is because their melodies and songs are very interesting. Their melodies are a lot more charming than the Western pop which I grew up listening to. If it is pop music, it should be to that extent," she explained.
The "Royals" hitmaker also said that she's not only interested by the music, but also the dance. "I think I need to receive a dancing lesson from Girls' Generation," she quipped.
The New Zealand singer went on fangirling over "The Boys" singer on Instagram as she indirectly greeted the group when they were all in Japan. "hi gg nice to see you ok bye now (love you)," she said while encountering a huge billboard promoting Girls' Generation's greatest hit compilation album, "The Best".
Hollywood power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles take their fanatic side to a whole new level. The "4:44" spitter made it clear that he had his heart stolen by Korean-American hip-hop artist Jay Park as Roc Nation added the latter to its roaster in 2017.
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A co-CEO of independent record label AOMG, Jay Park is one of the most popular hip-hop artists in South Korea. He first debuted as a member of one of biggest K-Pop groups 2PM before exiting and starting his solo career in Korea's hip-hop scene.
We can't separate BTS when it comes to K-Pop power in the U.S. The Billboard-winning group has proven to people that they have a massive popularity in the North American music scene, enough to make John Cena a fan of them.
The 40-year-old wrestler/actor admits that he's officially a member of ARMY, a fandom for BTS. While shyly smiling, John shared in an interview that he loved J-Hope's mixtape titled "Hangsang". He explained, "See, if I were to explain, that would defeat the purpose! Although I will say, 'Base Line' is my favorite track on the J-Hope mixtape. I also like 'Hangsang'."
"What started as a happy accident has turned into something wonderful. I've been introduced to a new piece of culture, which I think is fantastic, because I'm learning through social media," he added. "It's a very rare occurrence, so I'm very happy to say… yeah, screw it, I'm in."
He also couldn't help fanboy-ing as he posted a caption-less photo of J-Hope on his Instagram account.