The boy band received a nomination for their first GRAMMY award on Friday, becoming the first K-pop act to receive the distinction. The news comes following their massive year of global expansion, including high-profile collabs with artists like Steve Aoki, Desiigner, Andrew Taggart and Nicki Minaj.
BTS' Love Yourself: Tear, and the album's art director HuskyFox, were nominated in the Best Recording Package category, which celebrates the visual look of an album. While the award itself will be officially presented to the art director (and not the musical act), it's still a major move for the group!
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August brought the start of their 2018 world tour, as well as the release of BTS' second compilation album, Love Yourself: Answer, with seven new songs. The album also debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming their second of the year to do so. In October, Time magazine again featured the band, this time as their "Next Generation Leaders." The boys broke another record in November, with the release of their concert film, Burn the Stage: The Movie,became the highest grossing event cinema musical production, beating out One Direction's 2014 movie.
The band has certainly grown over the past few years. During their visit to the GRAMMY Museum in September, RM opened up about the group's evolution.
"Five years ago, we were talking about school for three albums. Then we talked about youth for three albums. Then folks grew up," he said, noting their shift toward the Love Yourself cycle. “Our attitude towards life changed... The story the world needed most was love.”
One thing that hasn't changed, however, is their dedication to their fans.
“The fans gave us the wings that allow us to be where we are,” V gushed of ARMY. “That’s why we have that special relationship.”