Expectations were high when the Recording Academy nominated BTS’ Love Yourself: Tear album in the Best Recording Package category at the 2019 Grammy Awards. But as the ceremony got underway in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 10), the HuskyFox directed artwork, credited to Doohee Lee, lost out to that of St. Vincent’s Masseduction, crafted by art director Willo Perron.
A major moment for representation and an amazing feat to be recognized by the stateside awards show regardless of its loss, Love Yourself: Tear is the first ever Korean album to be recognized in any category by the Recording Academy. Even though it was passed over in favor of another album, BTS’ fan ARMY are reacting with pride to the news. They’re also excited for the upcoming night’s appearance of BTS, who are the first-ever Korean act to present an award at the Grammys.
Fans have spent much of the day celebrating BTS’ historic Grammys appearance and the album’s nomination, leading to the the hashtag “Tear It Up BTS” trending worldwide on Twitter. Following the news of Tear‘s loss, many took to using the hashtag as a way to express their emotions.
Here’s some of what ARMY had to say:
One of the most touching things I’ve seen is the amount of tattoos ARMY has gotten using the LY artwork & designs.
Thank you to HuskyFox/Doohee Lee for gifting us with such meaningful art, etched (literally–) onto us forever! ????? ??????!#TearItUpBTS
— cafe ?? army (@cafe_army) February 10, 2019
— ? (@homophoria) February 10, 2019
You know guys there’s a lot of artists that don’t win a Grammy in their first nomination, but as they got nominated the Grammys keep an eye on them and know their talent. Bigger and better things are coming. I’m so proud of BTS have got a nomination. #TearItUpBTS.
— Alli-HOBIUARY-??semi ia ?? (@swiftanpanman) February 10, 2019
the fact that bts were even nominated shows how big they are please let’s not be discouraged and let’s aim to get them an award next year I know we can do it today showed us that bts are capable of anything let’s keep it up and we will get them an award next year!! #TearItUpBTS
— ———- (@yoonminfocus) February 10, 2019
— tori — (@THOTTIEGUK) February 10, 2019
even tho they didn’t win well the artist it was actually a huge honor to even be nominated and bts name was there, i’m just more thrilled bts name was there and that they are still attending grammys so we still win :’). #TearItUpBTS
— jaehyun imy. RT PIN (@taecpj) February 10, 2019
— Fuji (@myglossugastd) February 10, 2019
The Grammys still claimed them and their artwork this is itself is a win #TearItUpBTS
— #BTSTOGRAMMYS | mony is @ 4% (@mediscines) February 10, 2019
this is just the start organic growth is the key they are gonna do great things in the future yall just wait bts are gods children for a reason! #TearItUpBTS
— bts paved the way (@taeworldians) February 10, 2019
— a grammy appearance today! (@promisecuIt) February 10, 2019
We are extremely proud to see @BTS_twt‘s name on the screen and although they did not win this year, the nomination itself is a great honour.
— ARMY MAGAZINE (@ARMYMAGofficial) February 10, 2019
Check out the the Grammy 2019 winners list here as it is updated in real-time throughout the ceremony.