BTS Rides 'Korean Wave' Into First-Ever Grammy Nomination

For their hit song "Dynamite," BTS is nominated for the Grammy for Best Pop Group Performance.

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BTS: (SINGING) Light me up like dynamite. Oh oh.

CASEY MENDOZA: The South Korean boy band, BTS, is continuing its meteoric rise in the music industry garnering its first ever Grammy nomination this year, as well as the first nomination for K-pop.

- Are you all feeling good tonight?

[CROWD SCREAMING]

SHIN DONG KIM: Well there has been some attention on the fandom. The peculiar aspect of K-pop fandom, for example, Army for BTS.

[SPEAKING KOREAN]

CASEY MENDOZA: Other recent milestones of BTS include it's 2020 single, "Life goes on", which became the first non-English song to debut at number one of the Billboard Hot 100. That year, "Time" also named the group its 2020 Entertainer of the Year.

[MUSIC PLAYING] CASEY MENDOZA: But BTS and K-pop didn't come out of nowhere. K-pop has been steadily growing its global presence, dubbed hallyu, or the Korean Wave by followers. And other groups to pave the way for BTS include The Wonder Girls, Twice, Big Bang, and PSY.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

CASEY MENDOZA: Experts say that the success of South Korea's culture industries, which includes K-pop, Korean dramas, and social media platforms like Line, is a result of the country's overall socioeconomic development from the past few decades.

SHIN DONG KIM: In my view was that all these things came into one grand picture together.

CASEY MENDOZA: Casey Mendoza, Newsy, Chicago.