BTS landed its first Grammy nomination in November for “Dynamite,” but at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony on March 14, they were edged out by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s powerhouse duet “Rain on Me.”
The K-pop sensations landed their first Brit Awards nomination on Wednesday, and this time, they just may win. They’re nominated for best international group along with Fontaines D.C., an Irish post-punk band, and three American groups: Foo Fighters, Haim and Run the Jewels.
The Brit Awards reinstated the category of best international group this year, after a one-year absence, probably in large part because of BTS’ global popularity.
Let’s take a look at the five nominees for best international group — including their nomination history in this category and how they have fared on the U.K. charts since the current eligibility year began on Dec. 13, 2019. (The eligibility year ended on March 11, 2021.)
Unless otherwise specified, all chart numbers refer to the Official U.K. Albums Chart and the Official U.K. Singles Chart.
BTS: The lads landed their second No. 1 album with Map of the Soul – 7 and they just missed out on landing a third when Be peaked at No. 2. They also secured their first two top 10 singles: “Dynamite” (No. 3) and “Life Goes On” (No. 10). BTS would become the first act that doesn’t hail from Europe, North America or Australia to win for best international group.
Run the Jewels: The acclaimed hip-hop duo, consisting of El-P and Killer Mike, landed their first top 10 album when fourth studio album, RTJ4, peaked at No. 9. (It reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200.) Run the Jewels have toured as a supporting act to headliners ranging from Lorde to Rage Against the Machine. This is the duo’s first nod in this category. Five R&B or hip-hop groups have won in this category: Fugees, TLC, Destiny’s Child, A Tribe Called Quest and The Carters.