BTS earns Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
BTS was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards for its megahit "Butter" (2021), according to the Recording Academy's announcement livestreamed in the early hours of Wednesday.
However, the boy band failed to receive any nominations in the top four "General Field" categories, referring to Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
BTS also appeared during the livestream as "presenters" to announce the nominees of the Best Alternative Music Album category.
The nomination comes after BTS took home three awards at the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) held on Sunday — Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop Duo or Group and Favorite Pop Song for "Butter" — becoming the first Asian artist to win the top honor at the AMAs.
Earlier in May at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, the K-pop phenomenon also won four awards: Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Social Artist, and Top Selling Song for "Dynamite" (2020).
The streak of wins, combined with BTS's release of many megahits this year, had heightened expectations that the boy band would nab multiple Grammy nominations. Its megahit "Butter" dropped in May and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks until the No. 1 spot was replaced by its next release "Permission to Dance" in July.
"Butter" then came back the following week to reclaim the spot, topping the Billboard Hot 100 a total of 10 times and becoming this year's longest-reigning No.1 song on the chart. "Butter" recorded the most No. 1s by an Asian artist in Billboard history.
BTS's "My Universe" (2021), released in collaboration with British rock band Coldplay in September, also instantly shot to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Considering the historic records set by BTS this year, fans and even foreign news outlets had been predicting that the boy band would receive numerous nominations. Many, especially on social media, are expressing disappointment that "Butter" was not nominated to any General Field category despite its record-breaking success and chart performances.
Some fans of BTS dubbed ARMY are going as far as to accuse the Grammys of consistently using BTS for publicity and giving the band the "bare minimum."
The last and only time an Asian artist won a Grammy in a General Field category was in 1982 when Yoko Ono jointly won Album of the Year with her husband John Lennon.
This is BTS's second consecutive nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. At the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards held in March, BTS became the first K-pop act to receive a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance but did not win. BTS was also the first Asian artist nominated in the category, which was established in 2012.
If BTS does end up winning this time, the boy band would make history as the first K-pop artist to win a Grammy, as well as the first K-pop act to take home awards from all three major U.S. music awards: the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Jan. 31, 2022 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
BY HALEY YANG [email@example.com]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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