'BTS Vs. BTS': Two Hits By K-Pop Group Face Off at Billboard Music Awards

The BTS Army is celebrating as the top K-Pop act was nominated for a number of Billboard Music Awards on Friday. But in one category, BTS faces stiff competition: BTS.

BTS were nominated seven times, but in the Top Selling Song category, their single "Butter" is going up against "Permission to Dance." The non-BTS nominees in that category are Dua Lipa for "Levitating," Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits" and Walker Hayes for "Fancy Like."

In addition to the Top Selling Song, BTS are also nominated for Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Billboard Global Artist—a new category, Top Billboard Global Song for "Butter", and Top Rock Song for "My Universe," BTS' collaboration with Coldplay.

BTS' multiple chances to take home the Billboard Music Award come after the hashtag #NothingForKpop trended following the Grammy Awards nomination ceremony. BTS was the only K-Pop group nominated for a Grammy, getting the nod for Best Pop/Duo Performance. Their song "Butter" lost to "Kiss Me More" by Doja Cat and SZA.

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BTS, shown here at the 2022 Grammy Awards, are facing off against themselves in one category at the Billboard Music Awards. Kevin Mazur/Getty

Oddly enough, BTS are not the only artist this year to face off against themselves. Drake is up against himself in the Top Rap Song category for "Knife Talk" and "Way 2 Sexy," going against Lil Nas X's "Industry Baby," Masked Wolf's "Astronaut in the Ocean" and "Rapstar" by Polo G. In addition, Taylor Swift's Fearless (Taylor's Version) and Red (Taylor's Version) are pitted against each other for Best Country Album, against Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice and Walker Hayes.

But perhaps the most extreme case of an artist going up against themselves is in the Top Christian Song and Top Gospel Song categories. Kanye West was nominated for four out of a possible five songs in each category. In Top Christian Song, West's only other competition is Anne Wilson with "My Jesus"; in Top Gospel, he's up against Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music's song "Jireh," featuring Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine. The same four West songs are nominated in both categories: "Hurricane," "Moon," "Off the Grid" and "Praise God," all taken from West's Donda album.

Though Maverick City Music might not relish going up against West four times in one category, they've got a double nomination of their own in the Top Gospel Album category for Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition and move your heart.

The Billboard Music Awards air on Sunday, May 15 on NBC, and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Newsweek reached out to BTS for comment.