BTS are no strangers to the Billboard Music Awards — snagging the trophy for top social artist for the past two years — but their 2019 set of nominations include the band’s first nod for top duo/group, sending their fandom into a state of proud, joyful glee.
The band’s loyal A.R.M.Y. took over social media to share their feelings about the nomination. Many feel that the honor finally gives BTS a recognition for their music and artistry, as opposed to their digital footprint.
Many also noted that BTS are a rare representation of Asian artists in the category, which is historically dominated by acts from Western countries. The septet will compete alongside fellow heavyweights Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Dan + Shay and Panic! at the Disco.
The nominees for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards were announced Thursday morning, April 4, with Cardi B leading all nominees with 21 nominations in 18 categories. Kelly Clarkson hosts the 2019 Billboard Music Awards from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1. The show will air live at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
Check out some of the reactions to BTS’s 2019 BBMAs nominations below.
BTS today took huge step and got acknowledged like artists for their music & impact even though they tried to make it seem like internet hype that will die soon over the last two years but couldnt ignore it now lets focus on positive things only #BTSBillboardTopGroup @BTS_twt
— Sarah (@chatsheri) April 4, 2019
— — kenken — (@kenken_613) April 4, 2019
A nomination based on 100% on USA sales, USA streams, and USA radio– actual impact in the USA music industry!
— 2.8M preorders (@Jin_Butterfly) April 4, 2019
It’s a honor to be nominated!
Hope BTS can get this award! — pic.twitter.com/FbPRBkW4Ux
— ?? ?? _ ???– (@MKJ4240) April 4, 2019
— BTS A.R.M.Y (@BTS_ARMY) April 4, 2019
#BTSBillboardTopGroup @BTS_twt you ever noticed how past nominees of top duo/group are all from the us/uk/ireland/canada/australia, and then you have bts, the sole asian group in the category’s entire history pic.twitter.com/hWKleK7dL4
— (#PersonaComebackTrailer) — (@ktaebwi_613) April 4, 2019
Bts is the first Korean group to be nominated in Top Duo/Group and this is the 3rd time that they are nominated in Top Social Artist. We want to win these two and the best thing that we can do is TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK.#BTSBillboardTopGroup#BTSBillboardTopSocialArtist pic.twitter.com/CXxRFRuT7z
— — follow limit. (@KIMTAEHYUNGtwt_) April 4, 2019
it’s not even like an international award that they give foreign artists this is an IN HOUSE TOP GROUP NOM NEXT TO THE BIGGEST NAMES IN MUSIC
WHO’S DOING IT LIKE BTS WHOpic.twitter.com/tPysJdrk5H
— ——– — (@flrtvnte) April 4, 2019
This how the BBMAs winners are decided. pic.twitter.com/K7co9Cn3Pq
— top group nominee BTS (@CAMINLALALAND) April 4, 2019
namjoon sry but,
its gonna be bts’s year in 2020 too
its gonna be bts’s year in 2021 too
its gonna be bts’s year in 2022 too
its gonna be bts’s year in 2023 too
its gonna be bts’s year in 2024 too
— ????s #1stMonthWithTXT– (@beomluv) April 4, 2019
— ??; persona (@thomps_mike) April 4, 2019