BTS brings K-Pop to top Grammy categories for the first time

Fans of South Korean boy band BTS were thrilled when the nominees for the 2023 Grammy Awards were named yesterday (November 15), as the group landed not one, not two, but three chances to win gold. While BTS has been nominated for the music industry‘s highest honor before, this year is their most impressive yet, and they’ve made history this time around.

BTS is now the first K-pop group to land in one of the Grammys’ top four categories – Album, Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best New Artist – which are considered the most competitive and important. The group is currently nominated for album of the year, but not for their own collection.

The septet earned their first Album of the Year nomination as a featured artist on Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres, which ended up as one of 10 titles vying for the award. They are joined by fellow We Are KING star guests Jacob Collier and pop superstar Selena Gomez. Under Recording Academy rules, all featured artists credited on any track of a feature film nominated for Album of the Year also deserve the nod. Songwriters do too, so three BTS members – J-Hope, RM, and Suga are named as people who wrote at least one cut to the track (though that still only counts as one nomination for musicians) .

In addition to their Album of the Year nomination, BTS was also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group (“My Universe” featuring Coldplay) and Best Music Video (their own “Yet To Come”). This latest honor marks their first time in the field, as the group has been in the running for the pop vertical three years in a row, despite never having won.

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Two years in a row, many predicted that BTS songs would earn nods in the Record of the Year category, though they never quite ended up appearing on the list of possible winners. “Dynamite” and “Butter” were among the biggest songs of their years, and while they racked up Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Duo/Group, they didn’t go gold, and they weren’t recognized by the Recording Academy beyond that one nod.

With a trio of Grammy nominations in 2023, BTS has more than doubled their total number of nods. They started with two previous nominations, and now they have five throughout their career. They remain the only K-pop act to earn a Grammy nomination, although there were several names this time around that were on the prediction lists, such as Blackpink and Stray Kids, but they didn’t. were ultimately not named.

Music of the Spheres faces some really tough competition, so it’s unclear if Coldplay — and therefore BTS and many others who worked on the album — will take home the trophy. The other nine nominees for Album of the Year are: Adele’s 30Mary J. Blige’s Hello beautyHarry Styles’ Harry’s houseby Brandi Carlile In these silent daysby Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale and Big StepsBeyonce’s RenaissanceLizzo’s SpecialBad Bunny A Verano Sin Tiand ABBA Travel. The winners will be announced during the live ceremony, which will air February 5, 2023 on CBS.

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