Two Hit K-Pop Groups Face Off At The Billboard Music Awards
The BTS army is celebrating as Best K-Pop Group was nominated for a number of Billboard Music Awards on Friday. But in one category, BTS faces fierce competition: BTS.
BTS has been nominated seven times, but in the best-selling song category, their single “Butter” comes up against “Permission to Dance.” The non-BTS nominees in this category are Dua Lipa for “Levitating,” Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits,” and Walker Hayes for “Fancy Like.”
In addition to Top Selling Song, BTS are also nominated for Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, Billboard’s Top Global Artist – New Category, Billboard’s Top Global Song for “Butter.” and Best Rock Song for “My Universe,” BTS’ collaboration with Coldplay.
BTS’ multiple chances to win the Billboard Music Award come after the #NothingForKpop hashtag trended following the Grammy 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.
Curiously, BTS isn’t the only artist this year to go head-to-head. Drake up against himself in the Top Rap Song category for “Knife Talk” and “Way 2 Sexy,” up against Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby,” Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean,” and Polo G’s “Rapstar.” Besides, Taylor Swift Fearless (Taylor version) and Red (Taylor’s version) are up 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 against himself is in the Top Christian Song and Top Gospel Song categories. Kanye West was nominated for four out of five possible songs in each category. On Top Christian Song, West’s only other competition is Anne Wilson with “My Jesus”; in Top Gospel, he faces the song “Jireh” by Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music, with 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.
While Maverick City Music may not like to face West four times in a category, they have their own double nomination in the Top Gospel Album category for Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition and move your heart.
The Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday, May 15 on NBC and take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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