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BTS again aims for first Grammy AwardBy Jie Ye-eun
Published : Nov. 24, 2021 - 15:14
The group was nominated Tuesday for the prize for its megahit “Butter.” BTS received its first-ever Grammy nomination last year for “Dynamite,“ but failed to get a nomination for any of the top four overall Grammys.
“Butter” was recognized alongside songs by big-name performers -- Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “I get a kick out of you,” Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco’s “Lonely,” Coldplay’s “Higher Power” and Doja Cat and SZA’s “Kiss Me More.”
Nominees were determined by the eligible voting members of the Recording Academy, comprised of music industry experts and professionals, such as artists, producers, sound engineers and critics. While the first round of votes had finished earlier this month, a final-round voting will take place between Dec. 6 and Jan. 5.
If the boy band wins, it will write a new chapter in history as the first K-pop act to take home not only a Grammy trophy but also to sweep all three major US music awards, including the American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards.
The 64th Grammy Awards is set for Jan. 31 in Los Angeles and BTS, which has had a big year in 2021, is widely expected to start the new year with a win.
Seoul-based pop music critic Lim Jin-mo told The Korea Herald that winning a Grammy nomination is enough of a “great honor” for artists around the globe. At the same time, he predicted that BTS is highly likely to win this time.
“‘Butter’ stayed on the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 nonconsecutive weeks, making it the longest-running top song of the year on the chart. And the boy band’s six songs (including ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Permission to Dance’) became chart-toppers at a very fast pace this year,” Lim said.
Pop culture critic Kim Hern-sik expected BTS to win at the Grammy as well. He particularly appreciated the septet’s “experimental journey” of collaborations with global artists such as Coldplay and song releases in Western music styles.
The awards’ internalized racial bias in the voting system and placement of greater value on artists’ commercial success rather than their high artistic quality and global popularity could be big hurdles for BTS to overcome, the expert added.
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