Fans of BTS, Blackpink Disappointed by Lack of Grammy Recognition

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'BTS deserved many nominations,' the group's collaborator Halsey tweeted.

Ahead of the arrival of today’s (Nov. 20) unveiling of the nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards, fans of K-pop groups BTS and BLACKPINK waited in anticipation to see if their favorites would meet speculation and break through cultural boundaries to receive recognition from the Academy.

Alas, fans of each act expressed disappointment over social media in a response to their absence after nominations were announced. 

Prior to the announcement, fans eagerly debated over social media what sort of potential categories the groups could get into: would BTS get recognized for album of the year with Map of the Soul: Persona, the best-selling album of the year? Or maybe the best music video of the year for “Boy with Luv” featuring Halsey? Would BLACKPINK, who recently became the first K-pop group to hit 1 billion views with a single music video on YouTube, get recognized as Best New Artist?  

Filled with anticipation, fans discussed whether this would be the year the Academy, which now includes BTS’ members, would look to South Korea’s music scene and recognize the impact of artists coming out of it after years of the Grammys being accused of racism in its picks after changes to expand the Academy.

After the award nominations were announced, fans took to social media to discuss the Grammy snub of their faves, to share their thoughts. Meanwhile, BTS’ ARMY trended also trended “This Is BTS” in response, sharing some of that group’s accolades.

Check out some of the discourse below, including Halsey’s response to her collaborators being overlooked.