At the 2021 Grammy Awards, which ended a few days ago, BTS fans and audiences in Korea could not help but regret that the Big Hit group lost the nomination for Best Pop Group / Duo Performance (Best Pop Duo / Group Performance) ahead of “Rain On Me” from Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande.
Most BTS fans were disappointed by the results of the Grammy, even some extremists attacked the social media sites of Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and MV “Rain On Me”, making a bad impression.
Many BTS fans believe that this result is disappointing, even leading to outrage when they think that this is the first time that a Korean artist has been nominated for a Grammy. The fact that BTS “empty-handed” at the awards night made many people doubt the issue of discriminating Asian artists from members of the Music Academy.
However, is BTS the first Korean artist to be nominated at the Grammy? The answer is no. 28 years ago, there was a real Korean artist who won convincingly at Grammy and got her a total of 3 nominations.
Specifically, 28 years ago, at the 1992 Grammy Awards, Opera singer Sumi Jo excellently won the Best Opera Recording category with her performance Die Frau Ohne Schatten of R. Trauss, receiving the award with conductor Georg Solti. Not stopping there, Opera legend Sumi Jo also received 2 Grammy nominations in 1992 and 1995. Thus, it is not accurate to say BTS is the first artist in Korea to receive a Grammy nomination.
When BTS received the first Grammy nomination in their career, they were only confirmed as the first Kpop group to achieve the above feat, not just Korean artists in general.
Besides, the category of Best Pop Duo / Group Performance that BTS was nominated for, of course, attracts more attention from the public and the media than the “academic” category, from extremely “Korean” opera by Sumi Jo. Therefore, the fact that the audience focuses on the BTS name and forgets “senior” Sumi Jo, for an achievement nearly 3 decades ago, can also be sympathetic.
Sumi Jo was born in 1962, is Korea’s “treasure opera” with a special lyric coloratura (female soprano) voice. Debut in 1990, Sumi Jo gradually resonated around the world with the series of classical operas Violetta (Tea Flower, Verdi), Love Wine (Donizetti), Dinorah (Meyerbeer), etc. Seoul Cup 2002, and Beijing Olympics 2008 and was awarded the UNESCO title “Artist for Peace” in 2003.