In her essay, Halsey reflects on the band's "world domination," writing that it's taken "remarkable talent, charm, kindness, altruism and dedication" as well as "a devoted community to uplift your efforts, soften your stumbles and shoot light from their eyes into the sky in your name every single night."
Halsey praises the band for "remaining exemplary ambassadors for their Korean culture" amid their rise to the top, even calling them "astounding young men who believe that music is stronger than the barriers of language."
Additionally, the "Without Me" singer gushes over BTS for putting "their 14 best feet forward as role models to millions of adoring fans" thanks to "positive messages of self-confidence, intricacies of philosophy hidden in their sparkly songs, true synergy and brotherhood in every step of their elaborate choreography, and countless charitable and anthropological endeavors."
She also reflects on spending time with the group in Korea and how, in addition to their "polished and professional" public persona, there's also "hours of laughter, secret handshakes and gifts exchanged" by the guys "who love music, one another and their fans."
"For BTS, world domination is just another 8-count in the contemporary dance of life," Halsey writes. "But if you think that’s easy, you haven’t seen the love and effort these young men put into each and every step."
In celebration of the honor, the guys sat down with TIME, where they discussed the new era of their music -- which officially began last week with the release of their latest album, Map of the Soul: Persona-- and played a game of most likely to, revealing that Jin has the best dance moves, Jimin spends the most time getting ready, JK uses much of his time learning English and RM is most often singing in the shower.
"'Love Yourself' was a message and we could say something, but for this series, Map of the Soul, it's just about us," RM said of their chart-topping storied series.
"And 'Boy With Luv' is a very different style from what we've done before," Jimin added of their newest single with Halsey. "It's more energetic and bright, so I think fans can expect a new experience."