And The GRAMMY Went To ... Skrillex
(In the coming weeks GRAMMY.com will feature information and video highlights on winners from the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. Each installment will offer the winning or related video, and some pertinent, and not so pertinent, information about the track and the artists.)
Won for: Best Dance Recording for "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites," Best Dance/Electronica Album for Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for "Cinema"
Previous wins: This year marked Skrillex's first GRAMMY wins
Did you know?: Before adopting his persona as an electronica/remix maven, the artist known as Skrillex was Sonny Moore, the vocalist who joined screamo band From First To Last at age 15. The group's album Heroine hit No. 25 on the Billboard 200 in 2006, and featured such guests as their label head, Epitaph Records' Brett Gurewitz, on background vocals, and future Trent Reznor collaborator and Oscar winner Atticus Ross, who did some programming on the disc. But shortly after the album's success, Moore developed vocal issues that required surgery, and he left the band in 2007. He started doing DJ sets under the Skrillex name, then remixed tracks for Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg, among others. His collaboration with the remaining members of the Doors, "Breakin' A Sweat," was documented in the Hyundai-sponsored film Re:Generation. His new album Bangarang topped Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart earlier this year.