Despite Success, BTS Might Not Qualify For “Best New Artist” Grammy
Thanks to BTS‘s astounding success and excellent accomplishments last year, their fans have been looking forward to even bigger achievements this year, like a possible nomination for The Grammy‘s “Best New Artist” award. However, a recent article discussing the potential nominations for The Grammy’s predicts differently from what ARMYs are hoping for.
According to the Grammy Awards website, “a ‘new artist’ is defined for the GRAMMY process as any performing artist or established performing group who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist or established group as a performer. A GRAMMY nomination in a performance category in a prior year disqualifies an artist from competing in this category. Even though BTS is a “new artist” in America, they could be considered to have released too many songs since the eligibility period. Fans noticed that BTS has already released more than 30 tracks prior to the start of the eligibility year, and they might run afoul of this Grammy rule. On the other hand, other fans argue that artists who had released multiple albums still received the “Best New Artist” nominations, such as Ed Sheeran or Meghan Trainor. Even if BTS is nominated, they will still have to compete against some powerful artists this year, such as Post Malone and Dua Lipa.
However, a few months ago, Grammy’s Board made the announcement that they will expand the number of nominees in the “Big Four” categories from five to eight, and “Best New Artist” is one of those categories. This can significantly change the list, since many predict that female artists, artists of color, and artists from specialized genres might take these spots. With this new twist, ARMYs have a new hope that it will affect the nominations list and give their idols a spot on the nomination board.