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The 2020 Grammy nominations have landed and there seems to be one colossal, glaring, almost purposeful oversight. Despite being one of the most consistently performing acts, both on the record and on the stage, BTS is nowhere to be found amongst any of the 84 categories. The omission follows a year that saw the K-Pop superact present the award for “Best R&B Album” at the 2019 Grammys, leading fans to beg the question if the Grammys are merely interested in the streams and viewership that accompanies the act’s massive fanbase.
And it’s not like BTS is lacking in noteworthy material deserving of a Grammy nod. 2019 saw the release of their smash hit, MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA, which outperformed every other nomination for “Album of the Year,” earning them their third chart-topping album in less than a year. It’s not like there’s no crossover appeal to BTS either, as MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA’s universal hit “Boy With Luv” saw BTS enlisting Halsey for one of the best pop songs of the decade. The only thing seemingly stopping BTS from earning a Grammy nomination seems to be the fact that they’re not singing under Western names and in English.
So, how is BTS’ army reacting to the obvious oversight? Well, let’s just say this tea was brewed to perfection.
how is it that there are more articles talking abt bts not getting a grammy nomination than articles talking about those who ACTUALLY got nominated— gabe D-13 (@jinjoonies)November 20, 2019
Best selling albums of 2019 globally (so far):
#1. BTS - Map Of The Soul: Persona (4,140,000)
#2. Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (3,802,000)
#3. Ariana Grande - thank u, next (3,101,000)
#4. Taylor Swift - Lover (2,238,000) pic.twitter.com/o2AA757iZ7— The Pop Hub (@ThePopHub)November 8, 2019
dont invite a group to your museum, ask them to present an award at your ceremony knowing it will up your view count, display their suits in said museum then pretend their music doesnt exist— liz ♡ 15.9k (@triviaminnie)November 20, 2019
What else do the Grammys want from BTS though like????? Do they want them to change their names and make an English album???
Ah yes, album of the year goes to Nathaniel Kim, Justin Jeon, Hank Jung, Thomas Kim, Yohan Min, Spencer Kim, and Jack Park for “Map of the Soul: America”— na'ama. (@iknownaama)November 20, 2019
— BTS Charts (@btschartdata)November 20, 2019
— Anna🇬🇷 (@Its_annadim)November 20, 2019
ok but what makes you an ideal nominee? selling millions of albums? breaking records? selling out stadiums in minutes? charting 15 albums at the same time? creating your own songs and producing them? writing lyrics? creating perfect visuals? bc they’ve done all of that and more— fawz (@yoonjo_on)November 20, 2019
don’t ppl understand that “you should have worked harder/come back next year” is the same toxic rhetoric poc have to hear in every field all their lives— 🏳️🌈 jo 😓 (@YE0NJOONS)November 20, 2019
the only thing stopping them from accomplishing their dreams is the industry at this point https://t.co/8yK7YsNhcc— chihiro [back to semi-ia] (@k00kceptional)November 20, 2019
#ThisIsBTS who unites us 💜
This is what is looks like when ARMYs around the world come together to show their love for @BTS_twt. I’ve never seen this map shine so bright ✨ (PST)
We love BTS a little extra today 🥺 pic.twitter.com/31JUOZtBF2— BTS • ARMY Research 🔍 (@ResearchBTS)November 20, 2019
Remember what Drake said in last year’s grammy,
“If u have people singing your songs word for word, if ur a hero in your hometown,if people who have jobs are coming out in rain & snow to see ur show,u don’t need this You already won”#ThisIsBTS @BTS_twtpic.twitter.com/8D76XXZojz— Sachi🐥 (@mintyoonz)November 20, 2019
making a whole song in english only to please westerners is not the solution. bts are korean. it’s the western music industry that needs to change that toxic mentality that english is some kind of superior language because it is not. they’re the ones to need to change, not bts.— aᴳᴳᴵᴱ (@gukthobi) November 20, 2019