Fans of BTS were expecting a bittersweet Grammy night. The South Korean mega-group was nominated for the first time in 2021, and they performed solo for the first time. Even though BTS lost their award for “Best Pop Duo/Group” to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande in a non-televised ceremony, fans showered RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook with messages of love and solidarity on Twitter. RM, BTS’s leader, said in an interview with USA Today last week: “Some of the posts mirrored the words of BTS’s leader, RM, said in an interview last week: “There are so many blessings we could’ve received for these eight years,” the rapper, real name Kim Namjoon, said. “But I think for the whole journey, the best luck we ever had is that we all have you guys all over the place.” “So just remember that, whether or not we win the Grammy, we always got everything we wanted, and we got you, means that we got everything.”
BTS picked a united front for their Grammy red carpet debut as nominated artists, all sporting looks from Virgil Abloh’s Fall 2021 Louis Vuitton collection. (Army will recall BTS receiving their invites to the immersive fashion week exhibition in the form of personalized coffees and designer balsam planes in a video from January.) Touches of wholesome charm, such as RM’s stuffed animal creature sticking to his hoodie strings and J-exuberant Hope’s flower corsage, rounded out the set, much like BTS.
Before the show, RM shared a selfie on Twitter to remind us to “watch out for the performance!”
We’d already seen ‘Dynamite’ live hundreds of times by the time the Grammys show came around. There was the airport mo-town version, the first-class version, the acapella version with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon, not one but two Christmas performances (the second brought us a new classic Suga line, “I can’t believe they made me a snowman”), a small desk version, an unplugged version, a vintage New-York-City-in-the-’70s, and an amusement park version (filmed in the “American Adventure” themed section).
The argument was that there were high hopes, and options had been exhausted.
BTS Might Have Been Snubbed at The Grammys 2021
The ARMY’s mutual frustration with the way BTS is constantly welcomed on the global awards circuit and celebrated with critical and commercial success but is consistently overlooked by the American Grammys. Many fans believe that BTS was snubbed at the Grammys 2021.
So, how did BTS go about their business? The Bangtan Boys did what they usually do on stage: they outperformed everyone else.
BTS dressed up in beautifully decorated suits — the perfect candy-colored visual to complement the similarly sweet album — and scaled the roof of a Seoul skyscraper to light up the night practically.
The result was a resounding success. ‘Dynamite’ might not have won a Grammy, but it will still be the best-selling, most downloaded pop duo/group album of 2020, regardless. It’ll go down in history as a pop classic, the sonic equivalent of a shot of adrenaline that had us humming, dancing, and shimmying with excitement in a year when happier days were all but non-existent.
The collective gasp from ARMY worldwide could virtually be heard as BTS hit the red carpet for their second Grammys show in 2020. The outfits were stunning in their minimalism, but they looked exquisite and ethereal (as always).
On the Grammys red carpet, artists are permitted to forego the tasteful glamour of, say, the Oscars red carpet in favor of full-fledged Dionysus-vibes of rock stardom.
Remember: Lil Nas X’s hot pink Versace bondage cowboy, Billy Porter’s motorized fringe veil, and Ariana Grande’s not one, but two (!!) Cinderella puffball gowns all graced the red carpet in 2020. In the face of all of this, BTS stood out for its understatement. Their Bottega Veneta menswear, which was sleekly tailored and came in muted colors, was the epitome of minimalism. It was a masterful style pass, and it served as a reminder that Bangtan never ceases to impress.
How BTS’s Performance at The Grammys 2021 Is Very Important
The Grammys award for best pop duo/group performance went to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, upsetting BTS and their fans at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Nonetheless, with a high-energy, sharply crafted production of “Dynamite,” the South Korean group made a historic mark on the Recording Academy’s evening. (For the key moment, viewers had to wait until the very end of the almost four-hour show.)
It wasn’t their first time at the Grammys: the septet previously presented an award in 2019. It wasn’t quite their second appearance; the first was at the 2020 tour, when they appeared onstage during Lil Nas X’s performance of “Old Town Road (Remix),” joining in for a verse the hit single.
However, the third time for the BTS was the charm, who received primetime treatment and a lot of airtime—making history in the process. On Sunday night, the Grammy Awards included over a dozen performances, ranging from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s vivacious pairing to Lil Baby and Killer Mike’s politically charged hit. On the other hand, BTS made history by becoming the first South Korean group to perform one of their songs at a Grammy Awards show.
BTS’s performance is part of a much-needed shift toward greater acceptance of non-Western artists. About the fact that BTS went home empty-handed, their position as official Grammy performers means that the Grammys will become a more accepting stage in the future, one that will continue to offer much-deserved recognition for artists of all backgrounds. Perhaps they’ll play an entirely Korean song the next time they perform.