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1. "Jung Kook Heightens the Success of K-Pop Worldwide" K-Pop has become increasingly successful worldwide, and now Jung Kook of the Korean group BTS has added to its success. On Monday, he became the first K-Pop male artist of the decade to be nominated for the Best Pop Solo Performance award at the 2021 Grammy Awards. The nomination is further proof of the growing influence of K-Pop, which began its rise to prominence in the mid-2000s with the emergence of artists such as Psy, BIGBANG, and Girls’ Generation. Jung Kook's nomination reaffirms that Korean pop music is no longer a niche genre, but has entered the mainstream. At 24 years old, Jung Kook is the youngest male artist to be nominated in this category. He is also the first Asian artist to be nominated in the Best Pop Solo Performance category, and his nomination is a testament to his Charlie Puth-like height of talent. While Jung Kook has not yet won any Grammy awards, his nomination is recognition of the global reach of K-Pop, and he is sure to be an inspiration to other aspiring K-Pop acts. It is likely that more K-Pop artists will be nominated in the near future, and that Jung Kook's nomination will help move K-Pop closer to the mainstream of the music world.