BTS Earns Their First Major Grammy Nomination

BTS At 61st Grammy Awards
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Rejoice, Army’s! BTS has finally been recognized by the Recording Academy as the group gets their first proper Grammy nomination. The international idols once again made history by becoming the first K-pop act to break into a major Grammy’s category.

The announcement for the 63rd Grammy Award nominations took place on Tuesday, November 24 via a livestream. BTS was recognized in Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their English-language single, Dynamite.

BTS’ Dynamite is nominated alongside J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy’s Un Dia (One Day), Justin Bieber’s Intentions (featuring Quavo), Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain on Me, and Taylor Swift’s Exile (featuring Bon Iver). 

The band’s official Twitter account shared a clip of the members reacting to the nomination right after the announcement. V, Jungkook, RM and Jimin are seen in the video sitting on a couch, attentively watching the pop category nominations. They immediately broke into a celebratory mood the moment they saw their name appear on screen.

BTS first broke into the Grammy’s elusive list in 2019, when their album Love Yourself: Tear was nominated for Best Recording Package. While they failed to snatch the award, they instead became the first K-pop group to present at the Grammy Awards. The following year, BTS returned at the ceremony only to perform Old Town Road alongside nominee Lil Nas X.

In their recent Esquire interview, RM confirmed that the members had been hoping to be nominated. He added, “I think the Grammy’s are the last part, like the final part of the whole American journey.”

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

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BTS’ Dynamite MV, which debuted last August 21, set an all-time high record for a premiere viewing. The video drew more than 3 million live concurrent viewers on YouTube when it dropped, and reached 4 million views just after the debut. Furthermore, it racked up a total of 101.1 million YouTube views for the first 24 hours upon its release.

Dynamite was also the band’s first single to top the Billboard Hot 100, which enjoyed its reign for over 2 weeks. This solidified BTS’ position as the first all-South Korean act to top the Hot 100.

“Dynamite is made of positive vibes, energy, hope, love, the purity, everything,” RM previously told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “We made this song in hopes of giving energy to the listeners. We hope our fans can listen to it to receive the positive energy we tried to incorporate in the song.”

More recently, the single’s music video has hit 600 million views on November 17. The feat made them the fastest Korean act to reach such figures, taking only about 2 months, 26 days, and 11 hours to achieve the said milestone. 

Kimberly Hicks
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