They were nominated for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance, along with other pop giants such as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Bon Iver, and Justin Bieber and Cuavo.
The group posted a video of their reaction live on Twitter after the message was written with an excited smashing of the keyboard. In the video, four of the seven members – V, Jungkook, RM and Jimin – wait anxiously on the couch, appearing on the edge of their seats, before jumping and cheering when their nomination is announced.
In a separate post, the band then thanked its fans for supporting them during “difficult times” and the Recording Academy “for this great honor”
;. The video garnered nearly 12 million views and 1.8 million likes.
“Dynamite,” a mix of electric synthesizer disco and pop with bubbles, marks BTS’s first single, sung entirely in English. Since its release in August, the song garnered 101.1 million views by the end of its first day, becoming the most-watched music video premiere on YouTube. He sat at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks – for the first time K-pop achieved this important moment.
“[The inspiration for] it all started with this: even in the midst of difficulties, we need to focus on what we can do, “the group told the Grammys in August.” As for us, we found freedom and happiness in singing and dancing. This song goes to those who need encouragement. We hope that people feel charged when they listen to the song. “
Fans of the band, called ARMY (meaning “Charming MC for Youth”), celebrated the news online, with some arguing that the nomination would take a long time given the group’s success with the American public. Many were hoping for a nomination for last year’s Grammy and expressed outrage on social media when the group was stopped.
“We grew up watching Grammys, so we know its significance. And it would be amazing if we could be nominated,” one member, Suga, told CNN in September. “We never had a Grammy in mind when we first started, but now it’s become a more tangible dream.”
BTS first performed in Los Angeles in 2014 and toured the country in 2015 and 2017. They became the first K-pop to win a Billboard Music Award and enter the top 10 of the Billboard 200 charts in 2017; later that year, they made their television debut in the United States, performing at the American Music Awards. Since then, their fame has only grown; this year they brought two awards to the American Music Awards and concluded the ceremony with a performance of “Dynamite.”
They were not the first K-pop group to try to break into the overseas market; The big bang of YG Entertainment has achieved some success in international music awards and performance charts. But BTS’s social media presence has helped expand their fan base around the world; ARMY regularly produces English subtitles and lyrics from their content, connecting BTS with their non-Korean audience.
The group and ARMY also became involved in international social activism; the band donated $ 1 million to Black Lives Matter in June, urging fans to respond to the donation.
The Grammy Awards will be broadcast on January 31, hosted by The Daily Show Trevor Noah. The full list of 83 categories and nominees is available here.
CNN’s Julia Hollingsworth contributed to this report.