BTS becomes first Korean act to get nominated at BRIT Awards

Published April 1, 2021, 8:00 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

BRIT Awards International Group nominees (clockwise from top left) BTS, Fontaines D.C., Foo Fighters, Haim and Run The Jewels (Photos: Big Hit Music, BRIT Awards, Lillie Eiger, Danny Clinch)

The nominees for the BRIT Awards 2021 were announced on March 31 by Nick Grimshaw and BRITs Rising Star winner Griff.

K-pop superstars BTS received their first ever nomination at the BRITs. They are nominated for International Group along with Run the Jewels, Fontaines D.C., Foo Fighters and Haim.

“They are the first Korean act to be nominated for a BRIT Award and their hit ‘Dynamite’ hit 7.8 million first-day streams on the global Spotify chart, ‘Dynamite’ also surpassed Taylor Swift’s ‘Cardigan’ as the biggest global song debut of 2020,” according to the BRIT Awards.

BTS earlier became the first K-pop act to be nominated for a Grammy Award. They were nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit song “Dynamite” at the 63rd Grammy Awards held last month.

The BRIT Awards 2021 will be held on May 11 at The O2 arena in London and will be broadcast on ITV and ITV Hub, and hosted by Jack Whitehall.
Here are this year’s nominees:

International Group


Fontaines D.C.

Foo Fighters


Run The Jewels

Female Solo Artist

Arlo Parks


Dua Lipa

Jessie Ware

Lianne La Havas

Male Solo Artist

AJ Tracey

Headie One

J Hus

Joel Corry


British Group


Biffy Clyro

Little Mix

The 1975

Young T & Bugsey

Breakthrough Artist in association with TikTok

Arlo Parks



Joel Corry

Young T & Bugsey

British Single with Mastercard

220 Kid with Gracey – “Don’t Need Love”

Aitch x AJ Tracey feat. Tay Keith – “Rain”

Dua Lipa – “Physical”

Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”

Headie One feat AJ Tracey and Stormzy – “Ain’t It Different”

Joel Corry x MNEK – “Head and Heart”

Nathan Dawe x KSI – “Lighter”

Regard and Raye – “Secrets”

S1mba feat DTG – “Rover”

Young T & Bugsey feat Headie One – “Don’t Rush”

Mastercard Album

Arlo Parks – “Collapsed in Sunbeams”

Celeste – “Not Your Muse”

Dua Lipa – “Future Nostalgia”

J Hus – “Big Conspiracy”

Jessie Ware – “What’s Your Pleasure?”

International Female Solo Artist

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Miley Cyrus

Taylor Swift

International Male Solo Artist

Bruce Springsteen

Burna Boy

Childish Gambino

Tame Impala

The Weeknd

BRITs Rising star

Griff (WINNER)

Pa Salieu

Rina Sawayama