BTS Missed Out On A Grammy Nomination And Fans Are Rightly Losing Their Shit

The K-pop act have had a massive 2019. But the Grammys don't seem to care.

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The Grammys getting it wrong is hardly a new thing — over the years the awards have deservingly earned the reputation of being wildly out of touch with both critics and fans alike. But still, of many glaring omissions made, none feel quite as bizarre as BTS getting locked out of the 2020 ceremony.

Earlier this year, the seven-piece band released Map of the Soul: Persona. The group’s sixth extended play, it was one of the highlights of their already glittering career; it’s sensitive, intelligent and emotive K-pop.

But that doesn’t seem to have mattered at all to the Grammys voting body. Nor, apparently, does the record’s considerable commercial heft — as Rolling Stone notesPersona outsold Beyonce’s Homecoming by a significant margin.

On at least two fronts, critically and commercially, BTS proved that they deserved a spot in the ceremony. That they didn’t get one has fans, understandably, feeling a little let down.

Hell, even some of the artists who were nominated for a Grammy themselves strode into the debate to support BTS.

And even Halsey, well-known for collaborating with BTS, showed her support.

Will the Grammys ever change their ways? Seems unlikely — at least, not until the older, predominantly white and rich voting body, uh moves on.

Grammy Nominations 2020

Record of the Year
“Hey, Ma,” Bon Iver
“Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish
“7 Rings,” Ariana Grande
“Hard Place,” H.E.R.
“Talk,” Khalid
“Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“Truth Hurts,” Lizzo
“Sunflower,” Post Malone & Swae Lee

Album of the Year
I,I, Bon Iver
Norman F—ing Rockwell!, Lana Del Rey
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande
I Used to Know Her, H.E.R.
7, Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe), Lizzo
Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend

Song of The Year
‘Always Remember Us This Way,’ Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
‘Bad Guy,’ Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
‘Bring My Flowers Now,’ Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
‘Hard Place,’ Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, D. Arcelious Harris, H.E.R. & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (H.E.R.)
‘Lover,’ Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
‘Norman F—ing Rockwell,’ Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
‘Someone You Loved,’ Tom Barnes, Lewis Capaldi, Pete Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn & Sam Roman, songwriters (Lewis Capaldi)
‘Truth Hurts,’ Steven Cheung, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson & Jesse Saint John, songwriters (Lizzo)

Best New Artist
Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Maggie Rogers
Tank and the Bangas

Best Pop Solo Performance
‘Spirit,’ Beyoncé
‘Bad Guy,’ Billie Eilish
‘7 Rings,’ Ariana Grande
‘Truth Hurts,’ Lizzo
‘You Need to Calm Down,’ Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording
‘Linked,’ Bonobo
‘Got to Keep On,’ The Chemical Brothers
‘Piece of Your Heart,’ Meduza Featuring Goodboys
‘Underwater,’ Rufus Du Sol
‘Midnight, Hour,’ Skrillex & Boys Noize Featuring Ty Dolla $ign Boys Noize & Skrillex

Best Dance/Electronic Album
LP5, Apparat
No Geography, The Chemical Brothers
Hi This Is Flume, Flume
Solace, Rufus Du Sol
Weather, Tycho

Best Rock Performance
‘Pretty Waste,’ Bones UK
‘This Land,’ Gary Clark Jr.
‘History Repeats,’ Brittany Howard
‘Woman,’ Karen O & Danger Mouse
‘Too Bad,’ Rival Sons

Best Rock Album
Amo, Bring Me The Horizon
Social Cues, Cage The Elephant
In the End, The Cranberries
Trauma, I Prevail
Feral Roots, Rival Sons

Best Alternative Music Album
U.F.O.F., Big Thief
Assume Form, James Blake
I,I, Bon Iver
Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend
Anima, Thom Yorke

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Apollo XXI, Steve Lacy
Cuz I Love You, Lizzo
Overload, Georgia Anne Muldrow
Saturn, Nao
Being Human in Public, Jessie Reyez

Best Rap Album
Revenge of the Dreamers III, Dreamville
Championships, Meek Mill
I Am > I Was, 21 Savage
Igor, Tyler, The Creator
The Lost Boy, YBN Cordae