BTS are no strangers to the Billboard Music Awards — snagging the trophy for top social artist for the past two years — but their 2019 set of nominations include the band's first nod for top duo/group, sending their fandom into a state of proud, joyful glee.
The band's loyal A.R.M.Y. took over social media to share their feelings about the nomination. Many feel that the honor finally gives BTS a recognition for their music and artistry, as opposed to their digital footprint.
Many also noted that BTS are a rare representation of Asian artists in the category, which is historically dominated by acts from Western countries. The septet will compete alongside fellow heavyweights Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Dan + Shay and Panic! at the Disco.
The nominees for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards were announced Thursday morning, April 4, with Cardi B leading all nominees with 21 nominations in 18 categories. Kelly Clarkson hosts the 2019 Billboard Music Awards from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1. The show will air live at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
Check out some of the reactions to BTS's 2019 BBMAs nominations below.