Once Again, BTS Is Breaking the Barrier
After a series of achievements and awards that Korean boy band Bangtan Sonyeondan (otherwise known as BTS) hit, starting from the best-selling album in Korean history, the second best-selling artists of 2018 worldwide according to the IFPI’s Global Artist Chart, as well as the only non-English speaking artist to enter the chart, winning “Top Social Artist” three years in a row and Top Duo/Group at the 26th Billboard Music Awards, featured on Time‘s international cover as “Next Generation Leaders,” appeared in the magazine’s 25 most influential people on the internet (2017–2019) and Time‘s 100 most influential people in the world (2019), we think that there is not an achievement left for BTS. But, who are we kidding? When it comes to this group, the phrase “the sky is the limit” is best to represent them.
On the 2020 Grammy Awards, notably known as the most prestigious music awards in the world, BTS were the first Korean group to get invited and make an appearance at the event, marking their name in the Korean music industry history. Do you want to know the details of BTS’s Grammy Awards performance? Scroll down this article to find out!
BTS’ Grammy Red Carpet Interview
As usual, before entering the Grammy stage, BTS did an interview with a number of media outlets who had been waiting for their presence. BTS members were asked about their new album titled Map of the Soul: 7. As is known, the highly anticipated album was released on February 21st, 2020.
BTS members expressed their hopes to collaborate with other top artists, among which is popular pop icon Ariana Grande. As is known, on January 23rd, 2020, Ariana Grande posted a picture of her with BTS behind the Grammy stage. “Look who I met on rehearsal,” she wrote in the caption.
In the interview, the leader, RM, expressed his feelings of being able to meet the singer who is often called Ari. He also revealed how the chronology of their meeting backstage and his hopes to make a song together with her.
“We saw her, she also saw us so (the meeting) happened. Please collaborate with us Ari,” said RM who was followed by the enthusiasm of other members.
BTS were scheduled to perform at local events in the days after the award ceremony as well. BTS were to go on stage at an event titled “iHeartRadio LIVE with BTS presented by HOT TOPIC” on January 27th, 2020. They also got the chance to perform their new song “Black Swan” for the first time on The Late Late Show with James Corden on January 28th, 2020.
BTS’ and Lil Nas’ Grammy Performance
BTS were one of the guest stars at the 2020 Grammy Awards held on Sunday, January 26th, 2020, in Los Angeles, United States.
Unfortunately, BTS did not have their own stage, but performed a duet with American rapper Lil Nas singing “Old Town Road” and “Rodeo.”
Not only with BTS, but Lil Nas also made a duet with Billy Ray Cyrus, Mason Ramsey, Diplo, and Young Thug & Nas.
Even though BTS were only singing for less than two minutes, the members still looked happy and professional during their performance.
A.R.M.Y’s Disappointment Of The Grammys
Having anticipated BTS’ performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards, BTS fans, or ARMY, felt broken-hearted when realizing that BTS performed for only 2 minutes in the show. At first, they thought that their favorite idol group would perform their latest song titled “Black Swan” at the event.
“Today’s big news is very tragic and heartbreaking, I think the song “Spring Day” will be perfect when it is performed by BTS,” one fan wrote.
“Still can’t accept the fact that BTS didn’t have a solo stage, they deserve better than this appearance, they didn’t even become themselves, because the Grammys always takes advantage of artists like that,” another wrote.
“I don’t know why, but I feel like crying when I see BTS members still so humble even after the Grammys did something stupid,” said another.
A lot of K-netizens criticized the Grammy Awards for their treatment of BTS.
Original Article: Was the Grammy wall too tall… BTS falls off Grammy nominations
Source: Joongang Ilbo via Nate
1. [+795, -66] I think even being mentioned by them was amazing already, I support you!!!!
2. [+742, -82] At the end of the article, it mentions that the Grammy judges more on artistic ability and musicality rather than popularity. You have to admit that their standards are different from Korean award ceremonies.
3. [+583, -67] There’s always next year~ I think it’s amazing already that they’re being mentioned~
4. [+52, -17] The fact that BTS is still in the news for not being nominated for a Grammy proves that they’re amazing already. It’s surprising that we’ve reached a point where dreaming about something like this is attainable.
5. [+51, -9] Reminds me of a Bong Joon Ho interview. When a reporter asked him why Korean movies haven’t been nominated for the Oscars despite great influence in the past 20 years, he said, “It’s weird but not a big deal. The Oscars is not an international film festival, right? It’s a local festival.”
6. [+47, -11] Quite Grammy-like of them considering this is the same ceremony that ignored Beyonce during the peak years of her career.
7. [+37, -25] Probably because the Grammy isn’t a place you can win a trophy just off of fan labor.
8. [+31, -16] Not a big deal, it’s amazing enough to be mentioned anyway.
9. [+24, -9] But BTS had the #1 album sales in the world and everyone in #2, #3, and #4 below them made it in the nominations except for BTS;
– It’s not only about album sales. This is the same ceremony that shafted Bieber on the rookie award for some nugu.
10. [+22, -1] I don’t think the best replies know what they’re talking about. Go look up why so many famous black artists are boycotting the Grammy. Even Western media journalists are saying that BTS not being nominated is the same type of discrimination faced by other POCs and criticizing the Grammy for their white-centric, English-only album nominations.