Say it with us: Grammy-nominated act BTS. BTS have made history by becoming the first K-pop act to receive a GRAMMY nomination.
Full disclosure: there may be a lot of screaming and nonsensical sentences in this piece, primarily because the writer is struggling to control her avalanche of emotions. But say it with us: Grammy-nominated K-pop act BTS. Someone give Min Yoongi an award for wishing things into existence!
The nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards were just announced, and BTS have created history by becoming the first K-pop act to pick up a nomination. The group’s single ‘Dynamite’ has been nominated in the Best Pop/Duo Performance Category.
They share this nomination with J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy for ‘Un Dia (One Day)’, Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo for ‘Intentions’, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for ‘Rain On Me’, and Taylor Swift and Bon Iver for ‘Exile’.
Please enjoy this short tweet posted by BTS summing up all of our emotions. Yes sirs, exactly, we agree.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 24, 2020
Released earlier this year, ‘Dynamite’ came with a number of historic firsts for BTS.
The group’s first English-language single, ‘Dynamite’ hit no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making them the first Korean act to do so. With ‘Dynamite’, BTS also became the first Asian act to bag the No. 1 spot in America since 1963. It also had the biggest opening day for a song in 2020 on Spotify, chalking up 7.778 million streams in a day.
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This also marks the end of a long and arduous campaign by the group’s fans and industry peers alike to see them pick up a proper nomination at the world’s biggest music awards. While the group’s album Love Yourself: Tear was nominated in the ‘Best Recording Package’ category at the 61st GRAMMY Awards (2019), it did not win. Had they won, the award would have gone to HuskyFox, the album’s art director.
The group itself has been vocal about their desire to finally attend the Grammys as nominees. In an Esquire interview published earlier this week, leader RM called the Grammys the ‘final part’ of their American journey.
Special thanks, however, is due to member Suga for his uncanny soothsayer skills — this Grammy nomination is only the latest in a long list of the rapper’s wishes for the band’s career, all of which have come true.
Don’t mind us, we’re shining through the city with a little funk and soul today!