BTS Wins First Grammy Nomination For ‘Dynamite’


They were nominated in the Best Pop Duo / Group Performance category, alongside other pop giants like Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Bon Iver, and Justin Bieber and Quavo.

The group posted a video of their live reaction on Twitter after the announcement, captioned with an excited keyboard smash. In the video, four of the seven members – V, Jungkook, RM, and Jimin – wait anxiously on a sofa, appearing on the edge of their seats, before jumping up and clapping when their appointment is announced.
In a separate post afterwards, the band thanked their fans for supporting them through “hard times” and the Recording Academy “for this great honor.” The video has racked up nearly 12 million views and 1.8 million likes.

“Dynamite”, a mix of electric synth disco and bubblegum pop, marks BTS’s first single sung entirely in English. After its August release, the song racked up 101.1 million views by the end of its first day, becoming the first most-viewed music video on YouTube. It sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks – the first time a K-pop group has taken that step.

« [The inspiration for] it all started from there: even in the midst of an ordeal, you have to focus on what you can do, “the group said at the Grammy’s in August.” As for us, we found freedom and happiness in singing. and dancing. This song is for those in need of encouragement. We hope people will feel energized while listening to the song. ”

Fans of the group, who call themselves ARMY (meaning “Adorable Representative MC for Youth”), celebrated the news online, with some arguing that the nomination was long in coming, given the group’s decisive success with of the American public. Many had hoped for a Grammy nomination last year and expressed outrage on social media when the group was kicked out.

“We grew up watching the Grammys, so we know their importance. And it would be amazing if we could be nominated, ”a member, Suga, told CNN in September. “We never thought of a Grammy when we started, but it’s now become a more tangible dream. ”

BTS first performed in Los Angeles in 2014 and toured the country in 2015 and 2017. They became the first K-pop group to win a Billboard Music Award and make it into the top 10. Billboard 200 charts in 2017; later that year they made their American television debut, performing at the American Music Awards. Their fame has only grown since then; this year they won two awards at the American Music Awards and closed the ceremony with a performance of “Dynamite”.

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They weren’t the first K-pop group to try to break into the overseas market; YG Entertainment’s Big Bang has had some success in international music awards and performance charts. But BTS’s social media presence has helped grow its fan base around the world; ARMY regularly produces English subtitles and texts of their content, connecting BTS to their non-Korean audience.

The group and ARMY are also involved in international social activism; the group donated $ 1 million to Black Lives Matter in June, getting their fans to match the donation.

The Grammy Awards will air on January 31, hosted by “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah. The full list of 83 categories and nominees is available here.

CNN’s Julia Hollingsworth contributed to this report.


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