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BTS Could Win Its First Brit Award Before Taking Home a Grammy

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BTS attend the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.

BTS is competing for best international group with Fontaines D.C., Foo Fighters, Haim and Run the Jewels.

BTS landed its first Grammy nomination in November for “Dynamite,” but at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony on March 14, they were edged out for best pop duo/group performance by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s powerhouse duet “Rain on Me.”

The K-pop sensations landed their first Brit Awards nomination on Wednesday, and this time, they just may win. They’re nominated for best international group along with Fontaines D.C., an Irish post-punk band, and three American groups: Foo Fighters, Haim and Run the Jewels.

The Brit Awards reinstated that category this year, after a one-year absence, probably in large part because of BTS’ global popularity.

Let’s take a look at the five nominees for best international group -- including their nomination history at the Brit Awards and how they have fared on the U.K. charts since the current eligibility year began on Dec. 13, 2019. (The eligibility year ended on March 11, 2021.)

Unless otherwise specified, all chart numbers refer to the Official U.K. Albums Chart and the Official U.K. Singles Chart.

BTS: The lads landed their second No. 1 album with Map of the Soul – 7 and they just missed out on landing a third when Be peaked at No. 2. They also secured their first two top 10 singles: “Dynamite” (No. 3) and “Life Goes On” (No. 10). BTS are the first Korean act to receive a Brit Award nomination.

Fontaines D.C.: The band’s sophomore album, A Hero’s Death, became its second top 10 album, peaking at No. 2. This is Fontaines D.C.'s first Brit Awards nomination. The band’s 2019 debut album, Dogrel, was nominated for the Mercury Award. Of note: The Irish band has two Conors among its five members.

Foo Fighters: The band landed its fifth No. 1 album with Medicine at Midnight. The album climbed higher in the U.K. than it did in the band’s home country, where it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. (The Foos have also tallied more No. 1 albums in the U.K. than in the U.S.: five vs. two here.) The six-man band is second only to U2 both in number of nominations in this category (seven) and in number of wins (four).

Haim: The sister trio’s third studio album, Women in Music Pt. III, became its second No. 1 album. Again, it charted higher in the U.K. than it did on the Billboard 200 (No. 13). The band also landed its second top 20 single as featured artists on pal Taylor Swift’s “No Body, No Crime” (No. 19). This is Haim’s third nomination in this category. If Haim wins, they will become the fourth all-female group to win in this category, following The Bangles (1987), TLC (2000) and Destiny’s Child (2002). If Haim loses, they will join Black Eyed Peas as the only groups with as many as three nominations in the category without a win.

Run the Jewels: The acclaimed hip-hop duo, consisting of El-P and Killer Mike, landed their first top 10 album when fourth studio album, RTJ4, peaked at No. 9. (It reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200.) Run the Jewels have toured as a supporting act to headliners ranging from Lorde to Rage Against the Machine. This is the duo’s first Brit Awards nomination. Five R&B or hip-hop groups have won in this category: Fugees, TLC, Destiny’s Child, A Tribe Called Quest and The Carters.

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