BTS Is The Main Event At SBS Gayo Daejeon Even Without Attending

The impact is impacting.

The 2022 SBS Gayo Daejeon took place on December 24, KST. The event boasted a powerful lineup with some of the most famous names in K-Pop today, such as, LE SSERAFIM, TXT, The Boyz, ATEEZ, NCT, Aespa, IVE, NewJeans, (G)I-DLE, ITZYENHYPEN, and Stray Kids. While all the artists delivered iconic performances, BTS somehow still managed to get a significant chunk of the spotlight, without even attending the event!

BTS at the 2020 SBS Gayo Daejeon when Suga had to sit out performances due to his shoulder surgery | @bts.bighit/Twitter

Though BTS were not present at the venue, their music very much was. During the event, 7 BTS songs (including solo works) were covered by other artists.

1. “Run BTS”

TXT’s Yeonjun performed a brief dance cover of the song as a part of a special collab stage.

2.”Rush Hour (Feat. J-Hope of BTS) “

ATEEZ did a dance cover of the song’s chorus as a part of the same collan stage.

3. “That That (Prod & Feat. SUGA of BTS)”

ATEEZ, CRAVITY, The Boyz, and Yeonjun did a dance cover of the song together as the final part of their special stage.

4. “Dope”

ENHYPEN gave a dynamic performance to “Dope,” covering both the vocals and the choreography to the tee!

5. “DNA”

TXT set the stage on fire with their version of “DNA,” taking fans aback by their ability to emulate BTS’s stage presence to closely!

6. “Christmas Tree”

10cm covered the Our Beloved Summer OST by V for his solo stage.

7. “Black Swan”

ENHYPEN’s Sunghoon did a dance cover of “Black Swan” with figure skater Cha Junhwan.

Apart from these seven covers, Jungkook‘s “Dreamers” was also played while a VCR played showing a montage of Korean athletes’ achievements this year and it included a clip of Jungkook’s live performance at Qatar as well.

Staying true to its name, SBS Gayo Daejeon truly celebrated music that has made an impact on South Korea. This also included the attendees’ own songs that swept charts this year, as well as some classics like SNSD‘s “The Boys,” and Wonder Girls‘ “Tell Me.” But the fact that BTS’s music was covered the most at the event really showcased the extent of their longstanding impact in the industry!