Here’s something that will leave you singing: BTS has become the first-ever K-pop group to be nominated for a Grammy, and it’s a big deal. The Korean boy band (composed of Jimin, J-Hope, Jungkook, Jin, V, Suga, and RM) has been nominated in the Best Recording Package category for their album Love Yourself: Tear for the upcoming 2019 Grammys. While an award for best packaging recognizes the visual look of an album and is presented to the art director (rather than the musician), the nom is still a significant moment for inclusion in the shifting music industry.
BTS’s album Love Yourself: Tear hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in May. The band also made history as the first Korean group to perform at the 2017 American Music Awards in November of last year. In October, they were featured on the cover of Time magazine’s Next Generational Leaders edition.
BTS’s Grammy nomination comes at the heels of the group’s successful documentary film Burn the Stage: The Movie, released in November, which reportedly grossed more than One Direction’s Where We Are: The Concert Film in 2014. The group is currently headlining their third world tour, BTS World Tour: Love Yourself, and have collaborated with iconic western artists like Nicki Minaj, Steve Aoki, and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers.
The band will be competing against Mitski (Be the Cowboy), St. Vincent (Masseduction), The Chairman (The Offering), and Foxhole (Well Kept Thing) in the Best Recording Package category. See the full list of 2019 Grammy nominees here.
Something tells us the massive BTS A.R.M.Y is totally freaking out right now. Tune into the 2019 Grammy Awards on February 10th, 2019 on CBS to see who takes home the coveted award.