TWICE just became the first Korean group to win the Breakthrough Award at the Billboard Women in Music Awards 2023.
Their win trended on Twitter at no. 2 (#TWICE_BreakthroughAward) and no. 6 (TWICE BILLBOARD AWARD) in the Philippines with the awards show also trending at no. 3 (#BBWomenInMusic).
The band also performed their song, "Moonlight Sunrise," at the Billboard Awards. The song was co-written by a Filipina.
"This moment is especially meaningful because all nine of us are standing here together in front of our fans who made our dreams come true," said TWICE member Chaeyoung in their acceptance speech.
"This accomplishment will forever motivate us to challenge ourselves and break more barriers," added Tzuyu. "With you beside us, TWICE will continue to break through."
Speaking to Billboard a few days ahead of the awards show, Jihyo said, "I think it's the songs of ours that carry TWICE's color rather than the language in which the song is sung. I don't think the language is that relevant in carrying out TWICE's [identity]."
TWICE is also scheduled to drop their 12th mini-album, "READY TO BE," on March 10 at 2 p.m. Korea time (1 p.m. in the Philippines).
In addition, the Japanese members of the group, Mina, Sana, and Momo, are set to make their debut as the group's first subunit called MISAMO in Japan.
The sub-unit plans to release their Japanese mini-album on July 26.
—Kimberly Tsao/MGP, GMA Integrated News