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GRAMMYs 2021: Did BTS get robbed?
김지완 강남포스트 학생기자 | 승인 2021.04.06 20:51

BTS made history as the first K-Pop group to earn a Grammy nomination, and even though the band did not win, the Korean musical sensation still made a monumental impact.
Unfortunately, the group lost the best pop duo/group performance at the 63rd Grammy Awards for its song "Dynamite" to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's "Rain on Me"; however, BTS’s performance of “Dynamite” proved that they are worth much more than a trophy. BTS ended their performance on the rooftop with flawless choreography and colorful costumes, surrounded by Seoul’s city lights. Other nominees in the category were “Un Dia (One Day)” by J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy; “Intentions” by Justin Bieber featuring Quavo; and “Exile” by Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver. BTS ‘ARMY’s have been expressing their disappointment all over social media, making ‘#scammys’ into a trend when the septet went home empty-handed. "Who said BTS lost Grammys? It's Grammys who lost BTS," said one devastated fan.

 

Photograph: Big Hit Entertainment

 

One of the most frustrating things about the Grammy Awards is the lack of transparency regarding the criteria for each award. If the award for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” was decided by statistics alone, there is no doubt that “Dynamite” would have won. Dynamite had the most streams among all the nominated songs for the category. On Spotify, “Dynamite” got over 725 million streams, while “Rain On Me” accumulated around 541 million. Leading up to the Grammy Awards, “Dynamite” had peaked at No.1 on the Billboard charts for three consecutive weeks and has repeatedly rebounded back up the chart and ranked within the top 50 for 28 nonconsecutive weeks (and counting). On the other hand, “Rain On Me” peaked at No.1 for merely one week and charted in the top 50 for only 20 weeks. Out of all the nominees, BTS had the most number of No.1s on iTunes leading up to the GRAMMYs with a whopping total of, 111 hits. “Rain On Me,” with 64 counts, had the second-highest. Not to mention, “Dynamite” also sold an estimated amount of 3 million units in the US despite it not being the group’s native country, while “Rain On Me” sold an estimate of 2 million. Perhaps the most shocking comparison between the Grammy-winner “Rain On Me” and the Grammy-nominee “Dynamite” is the number of times each song was previously awarded leading up to the ceremony. Prior to the Grammys, “Rain On Me” had won only 6 awards while “Dynamite” had won 52? a drastic number difference considering the Grammy’s outcome.

"I saw a lot of articles saying we 'failed' to get the award, but I don't think it's a fail since we were able to perform for the first time as nominees," RM said during the V Live after the Grammys. "I don't think it's a failure but let's look at the positive side; we were nominated for the first time and did our first solo performance," he added.

"Last year guest, this year nominated, next year we will win it," one BTS ARMY tweeted, hopeful for the future. BTS said they will work harder and show their better selves this year to win the next year’s Grammys.

 

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