BTS Becomes the First K-Pop Act to Be Nominated for Grammy

Global sensation BTS has become the first K-pop group to ever receive a Grammy Award nomination. 

Korean Stars Make History

The band’s latest hit song “Dynamite” was nominated for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award. In the category, BTS face strongcompetition from “Intentions” by Justin Bieber ft Quavo, “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande, “Exile” by Taylor Swift ft Bon Iver, and “Un Dia (One Day)” by J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy. 

The nomination marks the first time a K-pop act has ever been nominated for a Grammy.

BTS shared a statement about their historic Grammy Awards nomination in a Big Hit Entertainment press release.

The statement read, “It feels like the fruition of our hard work, so we are happy beyond words. It is fascinating and moving. We are grateful to ARMY, who gave us the chance to be nominated. We’re even happier thinking about how our fans will like this. Now that we’re nominated, we feel ambitious about getting the award.”

If the band take home a Grammy, they will become the first South Korean group to win all three major US music awards, along with the Billboard music awards and the American music awards.

Surprising Nominations

Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch picked up the most nominations. The Weeknd and Luke Combs were among the artists that didn’t get any nominations this year. The Weeknd, branded the Recording Academy “corrupt”. 

Meanhile, Justin Bieber is dumbfounded by the ‘pop’ categorisation of his latest album ‘Changes’, writing: “‘Changes’ was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me.”

Teyana Taylor is also disappointed, citing the all-male list for R&B album, and saying “all I see is dick in this category”.

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast by CBS from Los Angeles on Sunday, January 31. However, not much else is known about the ceremony, as it’s one of the many awards shows taking place as the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting restrictions continue.


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