If this isn’t proof that our music (and style) kings have taken over, I don’t know what is.
Yesterday, April 29, the Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) unveiled their first list of finalists this year. Under the Top Social Artist category, P-pop group SB19 has been nominated alongside top K-pop groups Blackpink, BTS and Seventeen, as well as pop superstar Ariana Grande.
This marks the first Filipino nomination for the category, which is fan-voted like Top Collaboration. It looks like A’TIN has done it again—and Josh, Pablo, Ken, Stell and Justin couldn’t agree more. “WE MADE IT, A’TIN!” SB19 said on Twitter. “We are so grateful for your love and support. We wouldn’t have come this far without all of you. A’TIN ‘TO!”
According to Billboard, their finalists and winners depend on “key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data.”
In 2020, SB19 landed on Billboard’s year-end chart as one of the Top Social 50 Artists alongside BTS, Billie Eilish, EXO and more famed musicians. They’re also the first P-pop group to enter the Billboard Next Big Sound chart.