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BTS becomes first K-Pop group to get a Billboard Music Awards nomination

By Maria A. | Apr 11, 2017 02:43 PM EDT
BTS members pose upon their arrival at the 4th Gaon Chart K-POP Awards.
(Photo : Getty Images/Chung Sung Jun) BTS members pose upon their arrival at the 4th Gaon Chart K-POP Awards.

BTS is receiving a lot of attention from international fans recently so much so that major news and music outlets are taking notice. The seven-member idol group ­has been nominated for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, making them the first K-Pop idol group to land a nomination.

BTS is nominated for the Top Social Artist category, in which the group goes head to head with big stars like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes for the award.

Interestingly, Billboard included BTS in their Social 50 list in November 2016 for the group's consistent social media presence for generating great content on various social media accounts.

The "Spring Day" singers are the second South Korean act to be nominated in the Billboard Music Awards, allkpop reports. Psy was the first Korean singer to do so when he was nominated for five awards in 2013, including Best New Artist, Top Streaming Song (Video) for his global hit track "Gangnam Style."

This isn't the first time, however, for BTS to get recognized by an international award-giving body. BTS was nominated for a Shorty Award in February for their strong social media presence and influence. All members of BTS are known for various social media platforms as outlets to reach out to their fans and interact with the community.

The Shorty Awards also recognized BTS' well-curated Instagram content, a majority of which are taken from creative photo sessions. What's stronger than BTS' Instagram presence is their Twitter game. The group was named by Forbes as the "most retweeted artist on the platform."

For Shorty Awards' Music category, BTS is competing against Ariana Grande, Drake, Twenty One Pilots, Britney Spears and more.

The Shorty Awards will take place on April 23, 2017. Meanwhile, fan voting for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards will begin on May 1.

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