Stuck at home during the pandemic, BTS created Dynamite and released the song to their isolated fans as a gift. Now, the gift has returned to them — in the form of their first Grammy nomination.
“A lot of people were sad and down and out because of the COVID situation and it was sort of our suggestion to pick (everyone) up,” Jin said in an interview this week with The Associated Press.
“We were supposed to do the whole stadium tour all over the world. There was no plan to release a single like ‘Dynamite,’” RM explained. “Dynamite gave us huge success in Korea, of course, a Grammy nomination, a performance, so you know, life is really interesting.”
Dynamite became BTS’ first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was released last year. After years of logging Top 40 hits and selling out arenas and stadiums, the seven-member collective is competing for best pop duo/group performance and will also perform at Sunday’s show.
BTS is the first K-pop act to compete at the Grammys.
“It’s really hard to express in words,” Jimin said of the nomination. “Even now we can’t still believe that we were nominated, and we’ll be able to perform at the Grammys. So, we’re thankful. We’re honored.”
BTS’ explosive hit will battle another No. 1 smash — Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” — as well as Top 10 successes like Taylor Swift and Bon Iver’s “exile” and Justin Bieber and Quavo’s “Intentions.” J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Dua Lipa’s “Un Dia (One Day),” which topped the Billboard Hot Latin songs chart, rounds out the five nominees.
“I always listen to ‘Rain on Me.’ It’s so great to listen to that song on the treadmill. It was a hit. It was fire last year,” RM said. “And, of course, ‘Intentions,’ ‘Exile’ was crazy. And J Balvin and Dua Lipa.”
“We’re nervous and actually, frankly, we’re not expecting (to win) so much because we don’t want to get disappointed because Lady Gaga, Taylor, Bieber, all the big names (are nominated). So, we’re kind of confused. It’s like rollercoaster — back and forth, back and forth, up and down.”
Their Grammy performance will mark their second on the major awards show — they assisted Lil Nas X when he sang “Old Town Road” last year. Sunday’s performance follows the recent airing of “MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS,” which featured BTS covering Coldplay’s popular rock ballad, “Fix You.”