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BTS made history performing at the Grammys for the first time tonight, and they joined one of the evening’s most star-studded numbers. The k-pop band was part of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road All Stars” performance, a nod to RM and Lil Nas X’s “Seoul Town Road” collaboration, which was released last year.
Lil Nas X joined RM, V, Suga, Jimin, Jin, J-Hope, and Jungkook briefly during the song, as they performed verses from “Seoul Town Road” and danced together. The boys later rejoined Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus to end the song.
This is a big night for Lil Nas X, who has six nominations, including three for “Old Town Road”: Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Music Video. He is additionally nominated for Best New Artist, Album of the Year (7), and Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Panini”). BTS has no nominations this year.
Ariana Grande first teased BTS’s Grammys performance when she shared a photo with them earlier this week. “look who i bumped into at rehearsal :)” she captioned it. Grande is also a performer tonight.
The Grammys aren’t the only venue where BTS will perform in the U.S. The boys will do their very first live performance of their new single “Black Swan” on The Late Late Show With James Corden on January 28. BTS will release their next album, Map of the Soul: 7 on February 21.