Boy group BTS (RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook) successfully wrapped up their first solo in-person performance at the American music awards ceremony “Grammy Awards”.
The 64th Grammy Awards was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA on April 3rd (local time).
Comedian Trevor Noah was in charge of hosting the awards ceremony. Trevor Noah raised the mood by introducing singers one after another in the opening. Trevor Noah introduced BTS and said, “I saw BTS backstage. When I showed them some dance moves, I think Jungkook complimented me in Korean.”
This year’s Grammy Awards featured global artists such as BTS, Nas, Avril Lavigne, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak), John Legend, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion, The Kid LAROI, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Jon Batiste, Doja Cat, H.E.R, Olivia Rodrigo and more. Silk Sonic, Olivia Rodrigo, J Balvin, Chris Stapleton, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Jon Batiste, Justin Bieber… went up on stage in turn as performers and put on spectacular performances.
BTS went up on stage about 30 minutes after the ceremony began. It is the first time that BTS performed a solo stage in the in-person format. Earlier, BTS was invited as a presenter at the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019, and participated in a special stage centered on Lil Nas X as a co-performer the following year. Last year, in the aftermath of COVID-19, they joined the event by sharing a video of the pre-recorded stage in Korea, causing some regrets.
BTS, who made their long-awaited first offline solo stage, sang the single “Butter” released in May last year. It was a live performance that had been performed on many stages in the past, but “Grammy Awards” was different. BTS, who hinted in the red carpet interview that “We will show a completely new performance”, performed in black suits reminiscent of James Bond and bodyguards in the series “007”.
In particular, Jin who handled various machines and oversaw the stage in the opening, Jungkook who descended from the ceiling on a wire as well as V who whispered to Olivia Rodrigo stood out. The live performance, which did not waver despite the intense choreography, and the dance break using suit jackets, which could not be seen anywhere else, were also excellent.
Unfortunately, BTS failed to win the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category with Butter. After being nominated for a Grammy Award for the first time as a Korean pop singer with Dynamite last year, BTS made history as the nominee in the same category for two consecutive years.
The competitors included in the category are Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco’s Lonely, Coldplay’s Higher Power, Doja Cat and Caesar’s Kiss Me More, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s I Get A Kick Out Of You. As prominent singers were nominated, the Grammy Awards unusually moved the awards in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category to the main awards ceremony, rather than the pre-award ceremony, and also placed them in the second half of the awards ceremony. The winners selected according to the subjective judgment (voting) of the Recording Academy (NARAS) were Doja Cat and Caesar.
Meanwhile, the singer who received the most nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards is jazz musician John Baptiste, who has been nominated in 11 categories, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and Her were nominated for eight categories each. Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo were nominated for seven categories each.
The winner in the Song Of The Year category was Silk Sonic, who made a hit with Leave The Door Open. The Best New Artist award went to Olivia Rodrigo, who also took home the Best Pop Vocal Album award.
On this day, Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, addressed the Grammy Awards in a video, giving an emotional plea for support in his country’s war against Russia. President Volodymyr Zelensky said, “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos…But the music will break through anyway…Tell the truth about the war on your social networks, on TV. Support us in any way you can. Any – but not silence. And then peace will come.”
After that, John Legend took the stage, played the piano and sang Free, which resonated with people all over the world.
At the end of the awards ceremony, there was a time of commemoration for musicians who recently passed away from their colleagues and music fans, including the late Taylor Hawkins, the drummer of the band Foo Fighters, who passed away at the end of March.
This year, Drake drew attention by boycotting the Grammy Awards. Following The Weeknd last year, it is reported that he criticized the discrimination against black music and requested that his name be removed from the list of performers.