BTS makes history again with nominations at 65th Grammy Awards
MANILA, Philippines — South Korean powerhouse BTS has yet again broken boundaries as they snag two nominations at the 2023 Grammy Awards, making them the most nominated K-pop group in the awards show history.
The seven-piece act is nominated for the Best Music Video category for their song “Yet to Come” and is up for the third consecutive year for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their collaboration song “My Universe” with British rock band Coldplay.
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The group was first nominated at the Grammy Awards for their hit songs “Dynamite” in 2021 and “Butter” in 2022. The 2022 single “Yet To Come” also serves as another milestone for the K-pop phenomenon as it becomes the first Korean song to be nominated for the Best Music Video category at the Grammys.
On the other hand, seven-time Grammy winner Coldplay has been nominated for Best Vocal Album and Album of the Year categories.
The main rappers of the group RM, Suga, and J-hope, who were credited as songwriters of the Brit band’s “Music of the Spheres” album, and remaining members Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, will share the Album of the Year nomination with Coldplay.
BTS is up against huge names in the industry, such as Taylor Swift, Doja Cat, Adele, and Harry Styles, to name a few.
The K-pop group recently reunited as they held a free concert in Busan last Oct. 15 to support South Korea’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo, four months after they announced a short pause on group activities.
Two days after their “Yet To Come” concert in Busan, BigHit Music, the music label of the septet, confirmed the band members’ enlistment to the mandatory military service duties, with the eldest member, Jin, going first.
All able-bodied men in South Korea aged between 18 to 28 are required to serve in the military for 18 to 21 months as part of efforts to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea. However, there are instances where certain personalities, such as Olympics and Asian Game winners or classical musicians and dancers who win top prizes at certain competitions, earn exemption from the service or serve shorter terms. Some lawmakers had called for the group’s exemption.
BigHit Music reassured ARMYs, fans of BTS, on the other hand, that “there’s much more yet to come in the years ahead from BTS” after announcing the K-pop act’s military service, promising for the group to reconvene in 2025.