BTS lands a nomination for 63rd Grammy Awards, first for any K-pop act
Dreams have come true for BTS and its fandom ARMY, as BTS has nabbed a nomination for the 63rd Grammy Awards, marking the first for any Korean pop music act in history.
The nominees were announced through an online streaming session on the Grammy’s official website that began at 9 a.m. on Nov. 24 local time, or 1 a.m. in Korea on Nov. 25.
Chair and Interim President of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr. announced the nominees for all 84 categories, joined by presenters Dua Lipa, Yemi Alade, Imogen Heap, Pepe Aguilar, Mickey Guyton, Nicola Benedetti, Sharon Osbourne, Gayle King and Lauren Daigle.
BTS was nominated for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award for its hit single “Dynamite” released in August. The award recognizes new vocal or instrumental duos, groups or collaborative pop recordings.
Although Korean classical musicians or gugak (traditional Korean music) musicians have been nominated in the past, this is the first for a K-pop musician to be recognized by the awards ceremony.
BTS dropped two releases this year: a full-length album "Map of the Soul: 7" in February and its English digital single "Dynamite" in August.
While "Map of the Soul: 7" topped the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Dynamite" reached the first-ever No. 1 ranking on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for any Korean act in history, and also got more airplay than any of the septet’s previous Korean songs.
Grammy nominations are recognized as the biggest and most prestigious awards in pop music, but have also been notorious for keeping a strict and conservative attitude toward foreign acts and their music.
BTS had been invited to perform at the 62nd ceremony held earlier this year, but only as a part of a joint performance with Lil Nas for his song "Old Town Road."
The band has publicly stated its wishes to be granted the chance to perform solo at a Grammy ceremony as well as pick up a coveted award.
“We would like to be nominated and possibly get an award,” RM recently said during an interview with U.S. magazine Esquire.
The 63rd Grammy Awards will take place on Jan. 31.
BY YOON SO-YEON [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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