BTS have become the first K-pop act to receive a Grammy nomination

"Thank you to everyone who listened to our music and empathised with it in difficult times"

BTS have become the first K-pop act to receive a Grammy nomination.

The boyband’s recent single ‘Dynamite’ is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2021 awards, competing with the likes of Justin Bieber.

“Thank you to everyone who listened to our music and empathised with it in difficult times,” the band wrote in a translated tweet.

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“Above all, it is you ARMY that made the miracle of (us becoming) a Grammy-nominated artist. Thank you and love you always.”

In the wake of BTS’ nomination, the band appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden last night (November 24), with J-Hope revealing he was asleep when the news came in, which explains why he wasn’t in a video shared of the band discovering the nomination (see below). “I cried when I woke up,” he told Corden.

Reviewing the Grammy-nominated ‘Dynamite’, which broke the record for most YouTube views in 24 hours upon its release in August, NME wrote: “Life might not be as “sweet as honey” as BTS sing right now but, on this song, they take you to a place where that feeling is viscerally, dazzlingly real. Given everything that’s been thrown at us over the last six months, why would you turn your nose up at that?”

Elsewhere following the Grammys nominations reveal, Justin Bieber has taken exception to the ‘pop’ categorisation of his latest album ‘Changes’, writing: “‘Changes’ was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me.”

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The Weeknd, meanwhile, branded the Recording Academy “corrupt” after he failed to receive any nominations for the 2021 awards for his latest album, ‘After Hours’. Teyana Taylor is also unhappy, citing the all-male list for R&B album, and saying “all I see is dick in this category”.

Another revelation from the 2021 Grammys nominations comes as, for the first time in the awards’ history, only female and female-fronted acts are nominated for Best Rock Performance.

Made up of entirely solo women or female-fronted bands, nominees for Best Rock Performance include Fiona Apple for ‘Shameika’Phoebe Bridgers for ‘Kyoto’‘The Steps’ by Haim‘Stay High’ by Brittany Howard, Grace Potter’s ‘Daylight’, and ‘Not’ by Big Thief, the band fronted by Adrianne Lenker.

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