Sunday night was a historic night for South Korean group, BTS as they attended their first Grammy ceremonies as nominees and performers. Nominated in the Nest Duo/Group Performance, this marked the first time a Koran group received a nomination for one of the major categories.

The results of their category were announced prior to the televised event during the Grammy Preshow Celebration where they lost out to Lady Gaga and Arianna Grande for “Rain On Me,” a complete surprise since BTS’s “Dynamite” was the No. 1 purchased, streamed song of 2020. Solidifying the notion that the institution that runs the Grammys is xenophobic and racist.

Even though they lost, BTS showed what a class act they truly are as, instead of tweeting out messages of complaints, they took on to their social media accounts to send love and comfort to their fan base, ARMY.

Everyone you were with us right until this late hour, you’ve worked hard! Thank you for cheering us on. Thanks to you, we were able to experience something so unbelievable. I sincerely thank you and I’m happy. ARMY! I love you

The septet put on their best faces and hit the virtual red carpet decked out in Louis Vuitton displaying the fashion icon status they have curated throughout the years. Making tie even more stunning is the fact that BTS made their appearance from Korea where they replicated the red carpet to a T.

Then it was the time for the show which held their performance hostage until the very end to ensure good ratings for what is now a ceremony that is losing its relevance. But BTS showed why they are the top artists worldwide with a stellar stage from their home in Seoul. The septet and Big Hit really took things to the next level as they replicated the Grammy stage for their performance of their nominated song, “Dynamite,” taking us backstage through a high rise and ending on the roof adorned whim their logo as viewers were treated to a light show and stunning view of Seoul. Paying homage to their country and taking their performance to new heights. In the end, even though they lost on their first nomination, they achieved their actual goal of performing their own music on the Grammy stage.

This now marks their third appearance at the Grammys as they’ve step by step been making progress to possibly tofu winning and actual award. In 2019 they attended as presenters, 2020 saw BTS singing alongside Lil Nas X for “Old Town Road” and 2021 they lit up the stage with “Dynamite,” their first No. 1 Billboard song who may get back on the top 10 this week if ARMY has any say in things. The fandom quickly organized a massive streaming party after BTS lost their much deserved award and charted multiple of the groups MV’s on iTunes within hours.

Shortly after their performance aired, BTS jumped onto the VLive app to do a live stream and meet with their fans. During the stream RM told ARMY that everything was okay because they already got the biggest award, the fans. V added on that this loss only meant that next year they needed to go in person to receive their award. Yoongi stated that they would continue to work hard this year and Jimin thanked fans for helping get them to this point in their careers. They also showed fans one of two cakes they had prepared, celebrating their nomination.

BTS later showed just how humble and grateful they were for the whole experience by tweeting a video of the moment they found out they lost, something they did not have to do. It is rare for artists to share footage of their loses but BTS did so to show everyone, especially their ARMY, that although they were disappointed, they are okay. Something that makes the septet more approachable, appreciated and loved. Also why they will continue to succeed, top charts and break records long after this moment is forgotten. Proving that although artistry is not always recognized with shiny trophies, numbers don’t lie. Talent is talent. And it’s something these seven men have in spades.

Photos Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment