BTS On 1st Grammy Wink: “It’s Hard To Put In Words”


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NEW YORK (AP) — Stuck at home during the pandemic, BTS created “Dynamite” and released the song to their isolated fans as a gift. Now the gift has come their way — in the form of their first Grammy nomination.

“A lot of people were sad and depressed because of the COVID situation and that was kind of our suggestion to take (everyone),” Jin said in an interview this week with The Associated Press.

“We were supposed to do the whole stadium tour around the world. There was no plan to release a single like ‘Dynamite,'” RM explained. “‘Dynamite’ gave us huge success in Korea, of course, a Grammy nomination, a performance, so you know, the life is really interesting.”

“Dynamite” became BTS’ first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was released last year. After years of racking up top 40 hits and selling out arenas and stadiums, the seven-member collective is competing for best pop duo/group performance and will also be performing at the Sunday show.

BTS are the first K-pop group to compete at the Grammys.

“It’s really hard to put into words,” Jimin said of the nomination. “Even now, we can’t believe we’ve been nominated and will be able to perform at the Grammys. So, we’re grateful. We’re honored.

BTS’ explosive hit will face off against another No. 1 hit — Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain on Me’ — as well as Top 10 hits like Taylor Swift and Bon Iver’s ‘Exile’ and Justin Bieber’s ‘Intentions’ and Quavo. “Un Dia (One Day)” by J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Dua Lipa, which topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, rounds out the five nominees.

“I always listen to ‘Rain on Me’. It’s so great to listen to this song on the treadmill. It was a success. It was a fire last year,” RM said. “And, of course, ‘Intentions’, ‘Exile’ was crazy. And J Balvin and Dua Lipa.

“We’re nervous and actually, frankly, we don’t expect (to win) that much because we don’t want to be disappointed because Lady Gaga, Taylor, Bieber, all the big names (are nominated). So we’re a bit confusing. It’s like a roller coaster – back and forth, back and forth, up and down.

Their performance at the Grammys will mark their second in the big awards show – they attended Lil Nas X when he sang “Old Town Road” last year. Sunday’s performance follows the recent airing of “MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS,” which featured BTS covering Coldplay’s popular rock ballad, “Fix You.”

In a tweet – in Korean – Coldplay called BTS’ rendition “beautiful”.

“Coldplay came to Korea about three years ago for a big concert and me and J-Hope went to their concert and we watched ‘Fix You’ at that time ‘and it meant so much,'” RM recalled . “I hope we can work with them, or maybe have a meeting and sip tea or coffee or whatever. We love Coldplay.

IFPI, the organization that represents the global recording industry, declared last week that BTS was the best-selling act of 2020.

The band is currently working on new music – as a band and as soloists. They said the Grammy nomination creates some pressure for the next batch of songs they produce, but they aren’t letting the success go to their heads.

“We try to stay down to earth and put our feet on the ground and do what we do,” RM said.

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