BLACKPINK and SUPERM are listed by Forbes as the possible K-Pop nominees for “Best New Artist” at next year’s Grammys.
Best New Artist has always been one of the most competitive categories at the Grammys, and now that there are eight spots instead of five, there is room for lesser-known acts and those who might otherwise have been passed over to earn a nod.
That means that when considering who may be nominated, it’s important to think outside the box, and at the Grammys, K-pop sadly still remains far outside the box.
With only a few months left before eligibility for the upcoming ceremony closes, it’s highly likely that those names that have made an impact are already being tossed around by voters, and this could be the year that a South Korean solo musician or band finally makes it into the Best New Artist vertical…but who among the surge of talent breaking barriers in the United States stand the best chances of being nominated?
Of all the musicians mentioned in this piece, it’s very possible that Blackpink may be in the best position to compete for the Best New Artist Grammy. Already one of the most successful names from South Korea, 2020 is shaping up to be the biggest year for the quartet. The four women who comprise Blackpink recently scored their first Hot 100 top 40 hit alongside Lady Gaga on “Sour Candy,” and they just dropped their comeback track “How You Like That.” By the time voters begin selecting who will vie for the trophy, the group will have released another cut, and their debut album will be just around the corner, which means they’ll almost certainly be considered for the coveted honor.
Brand new supergroup SuperM shocked the music industry last year when they debuted their first collection together, a self-titled EP, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. By doing so, they became just the second South Korean act to control the all-genre ranking of the most popular albums in the U.S., following in BTS’s massive footsteps.
While they do have one very important win to their credit, they have been largely quiet in the eight months since they ruled the roost with SuperM, so it’s possible Grammy voters may not properly remember their success…unless they release something in the next few weeks or months to remind them.
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