BTS made Grammys history on Tuesday, landing a nomination in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for their English-language single “Dynamite.” This marks not just the end of BTS being largely overlooked by the Recording Academy, but also the first time that a K-pop group has ever been nominated in a major Grammys category.
The South Korean boy band and their famously devoted fans made sure to celebrate the overdue recognition online.
BTS shared a video on their official Twitter account of some of the members gathered together and reacting to Megan Thee Stallion reading their names for the category. Jimin, Jungkook, RM and V appear in the clip, and they can’t hold back the excitement at being nominated. (Absent were Jin, J-Hope and Suga.)
Their fans from all around the world were equally ebullient, including this India-based writer.
Of course, one of the most well-known BTS fans in the entertainment industry marked the historic moment on his Instagram page. That fan would be none other than wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, who posted a pic of the group without any caption.
J.J. Ryan, a program director for iHeartMedia Oklahoma City, said the nomination just made his birthday today the best one he’s ever had.
One writer noted that seeing the nomination was “such an inspiring moment for the Asian community looking for representation.”
Another fan felt as though he “could cry” from happiness.
Singer Aubrey Miller was also glad to see the group get the recognition that she felt they rightly deserve.
Vox blogger David Roberts noted the joy of BTS fans while pining for the days when he was “still capable of being that happy about anything.”
The nomination that “Dynamite” received may be BTS’ first major Grammy nod, but the group was first recognized with a nom for Best Recording Package at the 2019 awards. They didn’t win, but at the ceremony that year, they became the first K-pop group to present a Grammy Award.
Since the official cutoff for the 2021 Grammys was August 31, 2020, BTS missed out on eligibility for Album of the Year for their latest release, Be, which came out on November 20. Fans will have to wait until next year to see if they get a nomination for the 2022 ceremony.
BTS’ nomination wasn’t the only bit of Grammy history that was made on Tuesday. For the first time ever, all of the nominees for Best Rock Performance are women artists or bands fronted by women. Those contenders are “Not” by Big Thief, “Shameika” by Fiona Apple, “Kyoto” by Phoebe Bridgers, “The Steps” by Haim, “Stay High” by Brittany Howard and “Daylight” by Grace Potter.
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards are set to take place on January 31, 2021, and air on CBS.