BTS and other Koreans at the Grammys

Published March 14, 2021, 12:34 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

BTS and soprano Jo Sumi (Twitter, Instagram) 

The 63rd Grammy Awards will be held on March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT in the US (9 a.m. on March 15 in the Philippines).

Millions of K-pop fans around the world will be watching the awards ceremony to see if K-pop superstars BTS will win their first ever Grammy award.

BTS made history last November when they became the first K-pop act to get a Grammy nomination.

They are nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit song “Dynamite” and are up against “Un Dia (One Day)” by J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy; “Intentions” by Justin Bieber featuring Quavo; “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande’; and “Exile” by Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver.

At the 61st Grammy Awards held in February 2019, BTS’ album “Love Yourself: Tear” was nominated in the craft category Best Recording Package (including album cover, graphic arts and photography) courtesy of Doohee Lee, art director.

If BTS win, they will join other Koreans who have won at the Grammy Awards in the past years.

Korean soprano Jo Sumi won Best Opera Recording at the 35th Grammy Awards for the year 1992 and held in February 1993. She won the award for “R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten” together with Hildegard Behrens, Placido Domingo, Reinhild Runkel, Jose Van Dam and Julia Varady; Georg Solti, conductor; Christopher Raeburn, Stephen Trainor and Morten Winding, producers (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra).

She was also nominated the same year for Best Classical Album for “R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten.”

At the 38th Grammy Awards held in 1996, Jo Sumi was nominated for Best Opera Recording for the album “Rossini: Tancredi.”

Recording engineer Hwang Byeong-joon won Best Choral Performance for “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil” at the 58th Grammy Awards held in February 2016. He won the award together with Charles Bruffy, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; John Newton, engineer; and Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor and Joseph Warner, Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale.

At the same awards ceremony, he was nominated for Best Engineered Album (Classical) for “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil.”

Hwang Byeong-joon won Best Engineering Album (Classical) for “Aldridge: Elmer Gantry” together with John Newton and mastering engineer Jesse Lewis at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012.

In addition, mastering engineer Nam Sangwook was nominated for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) at the 54th Grammy Awards for Sarah Jarosz’s “Follow Me Down” album together with Brandon Bell and Gary Paczosa, engineers; and Doug Sax, mastering engineer.

He was nominated for Best Surround Sound Album for George Benson’s “Songs and Stories (Monster Music Version)” at the 53rd Grammy Awards together with Don Murray, surround mix engineer; Doug Sax, surround mastering engineer; and John Burk, Noel Lee and Marcus Miller, surround producers.