In what the Army are hailing as a victory, South Korean boy band BTS snagged the first ever Grammy nomination for a K-pop band, taking the worldwide sensation a step closer to winning the music award.
Last year their album Love Yourself: Tear was nominated for Best Recording Package, but had it won, the award would have gone to the art director, HuskyFox, not the band themselves.
Since their debut in 2013, the seven-member band has been at the forefront of South Korean pop music, recently notching their first ever Number One hit single on the Billboard charts in the United States with Dynamite.
The first-time nominees shared their live-streamed reactions to their 2021 Grammy nomination on Twitter on Tuesday night.
In the video, four of the seven members – RM, Jimin, Jungkook and V – spring up from a sofa, clap and cheer in joy as the nomination in the best pop group performance for their hit single Dynamite is announced.
“Above all, ARMYs are the ones who helped this miracle come true – of us getting the Grammy nomination. Thank you always,” BTS said on Twitter, addressing the group’s fan base.
Hashtags “GrammyNominatedBTS” and “Heading to Grammy” were trending on South Korean Twitter.
Thousands of fans retweeted the reaction clips and congratulated the group on their accomplishments: “So proud of you guys,” a Twitter user commented.
“Congratulations! You made it! You deserve it!” wrote another user.
The nod comes after BTS released their latest album BE last week.
They are up against Taylor Swift’s Exile from Folklore, featuring Bon Iver, Lady Gaga’s Rain On Me, featuring Ariana Grande, Intentions by Justin Bieber featuring Quavo, and Un Dia (One Day) by J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy.
BTS will perform live in South Korea on December 31, their first concert since cancelling a world tour in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.