Billboard is receiving criticism from netizens, who feel that EXO and GOT7 have been slighted in a small but significant way.
On April 4, Billboard revealed nominees for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. GOT7 and EXO have been nominated for “Top Social Artist”, along with BTS, Louis Tomlinson, and Ariana Grande.
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) April 4, 2019
Although fans were happy about EXO’s and GOT7’s first-ever Billboard nominations, some were less than impressed with the way the announcement happened. In Billboard’s nominee video, BTS, Ariana Grande, and Louis Tomlinson have photos by their names…
…but EXO and GOT7 do not.
Some netizens have expressed their anger and disappointment, criticizing what they feel is a lack of research and lack of respect.
if ur gonna nominate an artist have some respect and put their picture alongside their name wtf exo and got7 don’t deserve
— kula (@koyasangel) April 4, 2019
— « PRESENT: MiyA » (@SKhan3_7) April 4, 2019
OH HELL NO…. @BBMAs fix this because with this you are showing what type of company/brand you are and that is a fucking bias one because you won't even put photos, and NO don't tell us you cant find one because there are A LOT OF PHOTOS OF EXO AND GOT7 pic.twitter.com/TxyAI7jL59
— Z 🌸 (@pdzyx) April 4, 2019
Others, however, aren’t letting this oversight dampen their spirits. They couldn’t be more excited for the nominations and are letting the whole world know it!
so bts are also nominated for top social artist along with exo and got7 dkdjskks kpop is really taking over that category
— carla 🍒 (@jhswave) April 4, 2019
BTS, EXO, and GOT7 knowing they got nominated and celebrating together😌 pic.twitter.com/SmPLOEgysb
— 𝓚𝓪𝓻𝓵 🍒 (@hopelessgirrl) April 4, 2019