BTS & The 2022 GRAMMYs? Here’s Why Fans Have Mixed Feelings

It’s complicated.

BTS has just been announced as part of the lineup for the 64th GRAMMY Awards, and fans’ reactions are mixed, to say the least.

BTS | @bts_twt/Twitter

Today, the Recording Academy announced that BTS, Brothers OsborneBrandi CarlileBillie EilishLil Nas X with Jack Harlow, and Olivia Rodrigo will all be gracing the stage this year. As for the awards, BTS is nominated for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for their smash-hit “Butter.”

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In 2019, BTS attended the GRAMMYs as presenters. The following year they performed “Old Town Road” with Lil Nas X. In 2021, BTS received their first GRAMMY nomination and performed “Dynamite” virtually from a rooftop in Seoul.

BTS dressed for their 2021 “Dynamite” performance. | @bts_bighit/Twitter

Now, after three years, BTS is finally performing their own music in person at the 2022 GRAMMYs. As expected, fans are excited to see BTS turn the GRAMMYs into their own personal concert, but beyond that? It’s complicated.

For years, journalists, music critics, and fans have accused the GRAMMYs of snubbing BTS. Despite being one of the most accomplished pop music acts in history, BTS has struggled to receive a single nomination, let alone win an award.

BTS has also faced “pushback” from the GRAMMYs’ official media. Last March, Rachel Brodsky, a former managing editor for the GRAMMYs‘ official website, spoke up about the Recording Academy‘s alleged bias against BTS.

Given BTS’s history with the GRAMMYs, it’s not surprising that some fans are feeling cautiously optimistic about the upcoming show.

Will BTS finally take home a GRAMMY this year? Tune in to find out! The GRAMMYs will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on the CBS Television Network and on Paramount+.