NEW YORK — Stuck at home during the pandemic, BTS created Dynamite” and released the song to their isolated fans as a gift. Now, the gift has returned to them in the form of their first Grammy nomination.

A lot of people were sad and down and out because of the COVID situation and it was sort of our suggestion to pick (everyone) up, Jin said in an interview this week with The Associated Press.

We were supposed to do the whole stadium tour all over the world. There was no plan to release a single like Dynamite,'” RM explained. Dynamite gave us huge success in Korea, of course, a Grammy nomination, a performance, so you know, life is really interesting.”

Dynamite became BTS first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was released last year. After years of logging Top 40 hits and selling out arenas and stadiums, the seven-member collective is competing for best pop duo/group performance and will also perform at Sundays show.

BTS is the first K-pop act to compete at the Grammys.

Its really hard to express in words, Jimin said of the nomination. Even now we cant still believe that we were nominated, and well be able to perform at the Grammys. So, were thankful. Were honored.

BTS explosive hit will battle another No. 1 smash Lady Gaga and Ariana Grandes Rain on Me as well as Top 10 successes like Taylor Swift and Bon Ivers exile and Justin Bieber and Quavos Intentions. J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Dua Lipas Un Dia (One Day), which topped the Billboard Hot Latin songs chart, rounds out the five nominees.

I always listen to Rain on Me. Its so great to listen to that song on the treadmill. It was a hit. It was fire last year, RM said. And, of course, Intentions, Exile was crazy. And J Balvin and Dua Lipa.

Were nervous and actually, frankly, were not expecting (to win) so much because we dont want to get disappointed because Lady Gaga, Taylor, Bieber, all the big names (are nominated). So, were kind of confused. Its like rollercoaster back and forth, back and forth, up and down.

Their Grammy performance will mark their second on the major awards show they assisted Lil Nas X when he sang Old Town Road last year. Sundays performance follows the recent airing of MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS, which featured BTS covering Coldplays popular rock ballad, Fix You.

In a tweet in Korean Coldplay called BTS rendition beautiful.

Coldplay came to Korea about three years ago for a big concert and me and J-Hope went to their concert and we watched Fix You’ at that time and it meant so much, RM recalled. Hopefully we can work with them, or maybe have a meeting and sip some tea or coffee or anything. We love Coldplay.

The IFPI, the organization that represents the global recording industry, said last week that BTS was the best-selling act of 2020.

The band is currently working on new music as a group and soloists. They said the Grammy nomination does create some pressure for the next batch of songs they produce, but theyre not letting the success get to their heads.

We try to stay down to earth and put our feet to the ground and do what we do, RM said.