BTS Fans Call Out Grammys For Snubbing K-Pop Group With Latest Award Nominations

The 2020 Grammy nominees were announced on Wednesday, and nowhere on the list was the K-Pop phenomenon BTS.

Their exclusion from the nominations drew the ire of the boy band's legion of fans—known as the BTS Army—almost immediately on social media.

BTS Fans Were Highly Upset by Grammy's Snub of K-Pop Group
BTS visits "The Morning Mash Up" on SiriusXM Hits 1 Channel at SiriusXM Studios on May 21, 2019, in New York City. The K-Pop superstars were noticeably missing from the 2020 Grammy nominations list. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Fans were flabbergasted the group could be edged out of the awards despite BTS becoming one of the biggest musical sensations worldwide within the last 11 months. The band's hit album Map of the Soul: Persona marked their third chart-topping record in less than a year. The album outsold even the most popular of American artists, including Beyonce's Homecoming, which released the same week as BTS' album.

"Someone tell me how bts, didn't get any Grammy nominations...like map of the soul persona sold over 4 million copies, A MINI album, had the most views for their music video, hard more impact that a majority of artists this year.. #GRAMMYs," a fan wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Someone tell me how bts, didnt get any Grammy nominations...like map of the soul persona sold over 4 million copies, A MINI album , had the most views for their music video, hard more impact that a majority of artists this year.. #GRAMMYs

pic.twitter.com/trdmZa3XLK

— Precious 🥰🥰🥰 (@smoljungkookbun) November 20, 2019

While Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, H.E.R., Lil Nas X and Vampire Weekend picked up nominations for Album of the Year, BTS was also shunned out of other categories fans felt they belonged in like Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year and Best World Album.

The Recording Academy's failure to nominate BTS—or any other K-Pop group—for any awards caused some fans to question the industry's standards for diversity.

"Lmao if a white artist did 1/10 of what BTS achieved this year they'd get 5 Grammys nominations but ANYWAY !!!'" one Twitter user wrote.

lmao if a white artist did 1/10 of what bts achieved this year they'd get 5 grammys nominations but ANYWAY !!!'

— zei (@glowjh) November 20, 2019

Another called out the Grammys for only supporting diversity within the music industry when it best suits them. "BTS deserves way better, aesthetic diversity isn't it," the tweet read.

bts deserves way better, aesthetic diversity isn’t it.

— ikran⁷ (@ikran) November 20, 2019

Other prominent awards shows have created new categories to recognize K-Pop artists—MTV debuted a new Best K-Pop category at the 2019 Video Music Awards, which BTS won—or have included the group in categories with other major pop artists. For the upcoming American Music Awards, the seven-member group is nominated for three awards including Duo or Group for Pop/Rock of the Year, Social Artist of the Year and Tour of the Year.

The lack of diversity at the Grammys is an age-old argument, and the Recording Academy has long been scrutinized for it's lagging acknowledgment of global musicians and the impact non-white races and cultures have had on the industry.

Back in 2019, the organization attempted to address its lack of diversity by changing how it recruits new voting members. However, the Recording Academy's efforts only sparked more outrage when the new system introduced more stipulations, requiring potential new members to submit professional recommendations and undergo peer evaluation on a "range of criteria, including craft, genre and overall diversity" on top of the standard application process.

The Academy members' votes determine who will be included in the official list of nominees each year.

See a few more reactions to BTS' Grammy snub below.

It's OK.
BTS doesn't get anything. Hopefully Next year, @BTS_twt will get it at the #GRAMMYs
Bangtan, maintain your passion for music. We ARMY are always with you, supporting you.
I'll be with you @BTS_twt forever. pic.twitter.com/bjj30Ngsu2

— Ranielle (@AlwysBeWithBTS) November 20, 2019

ALL OF THESE GOT NOMINATED EXCEPT THE NUMBER ONE????? https://t.co/QH4YGBUdA0

— cam: live from federal prison (@t8hyng) November 20, 2019

Seriously all the noms are copy paste in most categories where is the "unexpected" noms they claimed!! sucker gets nominated for group of the year and not bts? What does bts need to do more to get a nom? have a super power? Tbh I give up on grannies they're beyond help. #GRAMMYs

— ⱼᵤₖₒₒᵣᵢₐ 💛 with ١٥٧٤ (@jukooria) November 20, 2019

So bts got not one single nomination even though MAP OF SOUL: PERSONA was the best selling album of the year?🤷‍♀️😅#GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/RjHaEacyp2

— J (@imjessicaher) November 20, 2019

Majority of the world doesn't remember how many Grammys the Beatles have, but they can instantly name and sing their songs because an artist's legacy is their music, not their trophies.

Also there're so many more years & opportunities ahead. No need to be sad ☺️💜@BTS_twt

— skye⁷ 🐳💜 ▪︎ BE (@bangtanism89_) November 20, 2019

BTS IS NOT NOMINATED BUT ITS OKAY ATLEAST THEY GIVE THEIR BEST, ATLEAST THEY LOVE US, AND IM STILL HERE TO LOVE AMD SUPPORT THEM TILL THE END,I KNOW SOME OF YALL EXPECT, DON'T GET MAD AND DISAPPOINTED BCOS GIRL THAT'S LIFE, SMILE NOW ARMYS :))#GRAMMYs@BTS_twt

— JIN DORITOS📌 (@jjkbbby) November 20, 2019

na not only did they string armys along but they strung bts along too. inviting them personally to the grammys, having them photographed by exclusive winner photographer, their suits placed in the grammy museum and allowed to become part of the recording academy.

— BTS BEST GROUP (@cultkoo) November 20, 2019