Gilbert Flores for Variety
Tuesday (Sept. 12) evening proved a big night for STAY when Stray Kids nabbed a Moon Person for best K-pop at the 2023 MTV VMAs.
Stray Kids were nominated for the VMA for alongside aespa, BLACKPINK, Fifty Fifty, Seventeen and TOMORROW X TOGETHER. When sisters and social media stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio announced that the South Korean boy band had won the best K-pop VMA (for their song “S-Class”) at New Jersey’s Prudential Center, the octet didn’t quite seem to believe it for a minute; the group paused before leaving their seats as if to make sure the winner was announced correctly (or perhaps they just wanted to STAY in their seats).
When the group did hit the stage, Jeongin held the iconic MTV award while Chan and Felix shared the group’s thanks.
“Hello! We are Stray Kids we want to thank the VMAs for inviting us,” said Chan. “We’ve been making our music ever since the start of our career, but to receive this award just really means a lot to us.” Nodding to his bandmate, he added, “Felix has something to say as well.”
“We just want to thank our label, JYP division 1, and we want to thank Republic Records. And also we want to thank our fans, our STAYs, for being so supportive. Please. We have so much to show you guys so please look forward to the future.”
“S-Class” hails from the group’s 5-STAR album, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 in June.