It is a nerve-wracking time for fans also called ‘ARMYs’ of the global superband BTS with the Grammy 2020 nominations just a day away.
On 20th November 2019 the Grammy nominees will be unveiled and the fans of the band are waiting with bated breath to finally know if their artists have been nominated in any category or not.
For those still unaware of who BTS are here is a quick refresher course about them. BTS or Bangtan Sonyeondan/Beyond The Scene are a South Korean band including 7 members namely: RM (Kim Namjoon), Suga (Min Yoongi), J-Hope (Jung Hoseok), Jin (Kim Seokjin), Jimin (Park Jimin), V (Kim Taehyung) and Jungkook (Jeon Jungkook).
While they made their debut in 2013, 2019 has been of the most explosive year for the group with them selling out stadium concerts across the world that had over 90,000 seats.
Not just that but BTS also became the first foreign artists to hold a solo stadium show in Saudi Arabia. They had a sold-out show at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh in October this year.
All this coupled with how they attended the Grammy award show last year and presented an award, has made many fans curious if the group would bag any nomination at one of the most prestigious music award show.
Should BTS Be Nominated?
To be honest, considering their accomplishments in this year alone, it would not be that far off to want at least one nomination for the band.
In September 2019 it was revealed that their EP Map of the Soul: Persona that came out in April 12, 2019 had sold over 4 million copies worldwide organically which means without bundling. This feat is made more special since not only are they are the first artist of 2019 to have done so but that they did it in just 6 months of their album being released.
The album was also certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
This made BTS get three No. 1 albums at the chart within a year, something that only one other group had done before, The Beatles.
Their lead single ‘Boy With Luv’ was also certified platinum by the RIAA, becoming their second song to do so and making BTS the only South Korean group to have multiple songs certified platinum.
Apart from this 17 BTS songs have charted No.1 on the World Digital Song Sales with 7 of them being from their Map of the Soul: Persona album and BTS World: Original Soundtrack.
Not just in their music, but BTS have also gained a lot of acclaim with their sold out concerts. BTS’s May 2019 concerts were said to be the No. 1 top-grossing tour and in June they sold out all their shows at the Wembley Stadium.
What Can They Be Nominated For?
As per Grammy regulations an artist must have released music between October 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019 to be eligible for a nomination.
Thankfully, BTS have a lot of music under their name during this period with their Map of the Soul: Persona, it’s lead single “Boy With Luv,” featuring Halsey and the Japanese single “Lights” being the most obvious choices for a Grammy consideration.
Last year BTS’s album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ got a nomination for Best Recording Package. However, in this case it was the designers of the album package that were the main nominees and not BTS themselves.
As per a source, these are some of the categories that BTS could be considered for:
Album of the Year for Map of the Soul: Persona and Mono
Record of the Year for “Boy With Luv,” “Lights,” and “Heartbeat”
Song of the Year for “Boy With Luv,” “Lights,” and “Heartbeat”
Best Pop/Duo Group Performance for “Boy With Luv” ft. Halsey, “Lights,” and “Heartbeat”
Best Pop Vocal Album for Map of the Soul: Persona
Best Music Video for “Boy With Luv,” “Lights,” and “Heartbeat”
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for BTS World: Original Soundtrack
According to Billboard BTS and Big Hit Entertainment, their agency have entered their single “Boy With Luv” for the following categories:
- Best Pop/Duo Group Performance
- Record of the Year
- Song of the Year
The main album has also been submitted for Album of the Year award category.
What Are The Fans Feeling About This?
So far the ARMY fanbase is mostly in a tense atmosphere where they are simply awaiting November 20th to really react in any manner.
However, one thing I did notice was how it is being repeatedly stressed that fans do not react in a negative manner if BTS don’t secure any nomination.
Fans are mostly gearing up for that scenario, while hoping for the best. This is because a nomination for a boyband, that Grammys have often snubbed, that releases music majorly in Korean language, a non-English section, would be a huge win for diversity.
But at the same time, ARMYs are preparing in case they don’t get nominated and posting again and again to not behave in a rude or negative manner.
With or withour gr*mmy, BTS are already music icons. Living musical legends that made & are still making so much impact not only in the music industry but for everyone. No award can define them as artists & no award can equate the amount of success AND passion they have.— Big Hit Entertainment (@euphoriatay) November 19, 2019
if bts doesnt get the grammy nomination, we'll celebrate by purchasing and streaming. if bts does get the grammy nomination, we'll also celebrate by purchasing and streaming. either way, we WIN!— ona (@ilsansqueen) November 19, 2019
If BTS dont be nominated for a grammy, dont start fighting. The night of the grammys we will stream and buy their albums and bring them on the top of the charts like we did yesterday.— ♡ (@7BTSaf) November 12, 2019
attention please. if we don't get nom, everyone who replies with fancam or nonsense under Grammy's tweet will catch the block, don't trend anything, don't rant. just accept, keep calm & move in silence since all media would be hungry for our reactions. keep these things in mind.— ruru (@listenbts) November 19, 2019
Instead fans are being told that even if BTS don’t get nominated then it would just be another goal for next year. They are being encouraged to focus their energy towards a more productive goal and not start fanwars of any kind.
Along with this, fans are also glad about the inclusion of BTS into the Grammy Museum. The outfits they wore at the 2019 award show have been included into the museum and are a testament to their achievements.
For the meantime though we are just keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that BTS are given a reward for their accomplishments and do get a Grammy nomination tomorrow.
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