Lisa Makes History After Winning VMA for Best K-Pop

Thai-born BLACKPINK’s superstar Lisa has made history by becoming the first solo artist to win the best K-pop artist at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

At previous MTV VMAs, the award had only been given to bands.

The singer-rapper, whose real name is Lalisa Manoban, beat out other well-known K-pop artists in the “Best K-pop” category, including supergroup BTS for “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment),” SEVENTEEN for “Hot,” ITZY for “Loco,” and Stray Kids for “Maniac.”

South Korean girl group TWICE was also nominated for their first English single “The Feels.”

Upon receiving the award for best K-pop artist, Lisa thanked her fans, dubbed “BLINKs,” for supporting her and the band, saying: “Thank you so much for making this happen.”

Lisa made her solo debut with her single album Lalisa in September last year, selling over 736,000 copies in its week of release in South Korea. She was the first female artist to do so and won the “Album of the Year” award at the Asian Pop Music Awards held in South Korea.

The same-name lead single’s video, which earned her the award at Sunday’s MTV VMAs, became the most viewed music video by a solo artist in the first 24 hours on YouTube after amassing 73.6 million views on its release day.

Lisa broke the record held by Taylor Swift, who racked up 65 million views on the video for her song “ME!” in 2019 within 24 hours after its launch.

The singer and her band also performed at the event, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday night. BLACKPINK, one of today’s most successful K-pop bands, debuted their new comeback single “Pink Venom,” which is part of their forthcoming album “Born Pink,” in the United States during the award show.

Now, the group is recording their second music video, set to premiere in September. The quartet is also planning its next world tour, an event its label YG Entertainment has described as “the largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group.”

Lisa and other BLACKPINK members Jennie, Rosé and Jisoo also won an award for best metaverse performance for their virtual concert and the music video for “Ready For Love.” Both were collaborations with PUBG Mobile.