Best Dance/Electronic Album: Meet The 59th GRAMMY Nominees
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Reflecting the range of artistic innovation that defined the year in music, The Recording Academy welcomes the class of nominees for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The top nominees are Beyoncé with nine, followed by Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who each garnered eight, and Chance The Rapper with seven.
The dynamic range of this year's nominees is exhibited across several Fields, including American Roots Music, R&B, Dance/Electronic Music, and Rock, but it's arguably best showcased in the Album Of The Year category, which represents a mix of genres — pop, R&B, rap, and country. These recordings exhibit an even greater degree of musical advancement and sonic experimentation: the emotion-stirring vocals of Adele, who brings a soulful depth to a collection of classically fine-tuned pop ballads; Beyoncé's ability to paint a picture, layering poignant R&B vocals over a tapestry of sounds that range from blues-rock to hip-hop; Justin Bieber's growth as a songwriter and evolution as a pop powerhouse; Drake's continued genre-bending, which now invites island influences to his signature sound; and the definition-defying Sturgill Simpson who made many of us re-explore the vast territories of country music.
"Just as we see emerging musicians experimenting, we're also seeing established artists resisting what's expected of them and, instead, embracing the creative freedom they've been afforded through their success, blurring the lines between music's mainstream and artistic edge," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.
Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:
Record Of The Year
"Hello" — Adele
"Formation" — Beyoncé
"7 Years" — Lukas Graham
"Work" — Rihanna Featuring Drake
"Stressed Out" — Twenty One Pilots
Album Of The Year
25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor's Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Song Of The Year
"Formation" — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"Hello" — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
"I Took A Pill In Ibiza" — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
"Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
"7 Years" — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
Best New Artist
Chance The Rapper
Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards' other 29 Fields:
The nominees for Best Dance/Electronic Album are Skin by Flume; Electronica 1: The Time Machine by Jean-Michel Jarre; Epoch by Tycho; Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future by Underworld; and Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII by Louie Vega.
For Best Rock Album, the nominees are California by Blink-182; Tell Me I'm Pretty by Cage The Elephant; Magma by Gojira; Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco; and Weezer by Weezer.
The Best Alternative Music Album nominees are 22, A Million by Bon Iver; Blackstar by David Bowie; The Hope Six Demolition Project by PJ Harvey; Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop; and A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead.
For Best Urban Contemporary Album, the nominees are Lemonade by Beyoncé; Ology by Gallant; We Are King by King; Malibu by Anderson .Paak; and Anti by Rihanna.
The nominees for Best Rap Performance are "No Problem" by Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz; "Panda" by Desiigner; "Pop Style" by Drake Featuring The Throne; "All The Way Up" by Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared; and "That Part" by ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West.
The Best Country Solo Performance nominees are "Love Can Go To Hell" by Brandy Clark; "Vice" by Miranda Lambert; "My Church" by Maren Morris; "Church Bells" by Carrie Underwood; and "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban.
The nominees for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album are Poets & Saints by All Sons & Daughters; American Prodigal by Crowder; Be One by Natalie Grant; Youth Revival [Live] by Hillsong Young & Free; and Love Remains by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family.
For Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, the nominees are Benny Blanco, Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Nineteen85, and Ricky Reed.
This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 22,000 submissions across 84 categories. As the only peer-selected music award, the GRAMMY is voted on by The Recording Academy's Voting membership, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY ballots will be mailed Dec. 14 and are due Jan. 13, 2017, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 59th GRAMMY Awards telecast.
The Recording Academy will present the 59th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 pm ET/5–8:30 pm PT. Follow Recording Academy/GRAMMYs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #GRAMMYs to join the conversation.
(L to R) Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck of R.E.M.
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R.E.M., Hayley Williams, Tegan And Sara, My Morning Jacket, Phoebe Bridgers and many others have contributed unreleased recordings to Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy, a newly released all-star compilation benefitting Fair Fight, a voter rights organization founded by former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams that "promotes fair elections around the country through voter education, election reform, and combating voter suppression," according to a press release announcing the album.
The 40-track compilation, which features never-before-heard new songs, covers, remixes, live versions and unreleased demos, is available exclusively on Bandcamp for 24 hours only starting Friday (Sept. 4) as part of the online streaming platform's Bandcamp Fridays initiative.
See the full track list and artist roster below.
Highlights from the Good Music compilation include a newly discovered Beverly Glenn-Copeland song from 1977; a cover of U.K. experimental rock band Broadcast by Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams; a demo collaboration in progress between Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Tycho; and a cover of The Cure's '80s classic "In Between Days" by The National leader Matt Berninger. Other artists featured on the compilation include Flume with Eprom, Sudan Archives, Helado Negro, Jeff Tweedy, Sharon Van Etten and many others.
Author Dave Eggers, along with artist managers Jordan Kurland, Darius Zelkha, Christian Stavros and Barsuk Records label head Josh Rosenfeld, executive-produced the compilation; Good Music marks the fourth fundraising project around a presidential election from Eggers and Kurland.
Acclaimed street artist and fashion entrepreneur Shepard Fairey created the compilation's cover art. Bandcamp is also selling limited-edition signed screen-prints of the artwork; proceeds from the sale will benefit Color Of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization.
"It's going to come down to bringing out and protecting the vote this fall, so the work Fair Fight does is crucial," Eggers said in the press release. "Jordan and I figured a painless way to raise some money would be to ask musicians to donate unreleased tracks, people pay a few bucks for them, and maybe we can edge toward a functioning democracy again."
"As in our previous election-based projects, Dave and I were looking for a relatively simple platform for artists to get involved in the political process," Kurland added. "Seeing how impactful Bandcamp Fridays have become, we felt this was the perfect way to create urgency by releasing new music from a collection of amazing artists for a very short window of time."
It's finally 2020, which means it's almost time—20 days from today!—for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. While the final voting period has officially ended, there's still plenty of time for us to dive into the nominees and hypothesize on this year's winners. Today, let's take a look at the epic Best Dance/Electronic Album category for 2020, for which Apparat, The Chemical Brothers, Flume, RÜFÜS DU SOL and Tycho are all nominated.
German-born, Berlin-based Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, may be a first-time GRAMMY nominee, but he's been making waves in the underground house scene for the last two decades. In the '10s, his haunting vocals and ethereal rhythms echoed across countless dance floors with emotive club cuts like 2014's "Bad Kingdom," which he released as Moderat, his collab project with Modeselektor, and the 2013 track "Nices Wolkchen," his collaboration with DJ Koze.
With 2019's LP5, Ring's succinctly titled fifth solo studio album and his first since 2011's The Devil's Walk, he serves up a dark, moody and deeply immersive soundscape. (In between, he also released a score for a theatrical rendition of "War and Peace" as well as the albums II and III with Moderat). For LP5, he brought frequent collaborator cellist Phillipp Thimm into the studio, as well as other horn and string instrumentalists to add deep texture. LP5 is one of those albums you have to listen to a few times to really absorb and begin to grasp all its parts. But once it fully hooks you, it's impossible to forget.
Four-time GRAMMY winners The Chemical Brothers are in the running for three more golden gramophones this year, thanks to their triumphant ninth studio album, No Geography. In addition to a Best Dance/Electronic Album nod, the 2019 LP is up for Best Dance Recording for "Got To Keep On" and Best Music Video for "We've Got To Try."
The iconic U.K. house and techno duo, composed of Tom Rowlands and Edward Simons, met at university in Manchester in the late-'80s, cutting their teeth in the emerging underground house scene there. In 1995, they released their debut studio album, Exit Planet Dust, as The Chemical Brothers, and in 1999, they broke big on both sides of the pond with their seminal third album, Surrender, featuring dance classics like "Out Of Control" and "Hey Boy Hey Girl."
2019 not only saw the duo's first album in four years with No Geography—since 2015's Born In The Echoes—but also the 20th-anniversary reissue of Surrender and a massive world tour to celebrate both.
In 2012, a then-21-year-old Flume released his self-titled debut album on indie Aussie label Future Classic. The album, acclaimed by fans and critics alike, featured bassy, trip-hop-esque beats and collaborators like fellow Aussies Nick Murphy and Moon Holiday, as well as an epic Otis Redding sample on "Holding On," who offered unique texture and flavor to the vibey tracks. In 2016, Flume, born Harley Streten, served up a new version of his sound with Skin, which earned him his first GRAMMY win, for Best Dance/Electronic Album, in 2017.
While 2019's 17-track Hi This Is Flume is technically a mixtape and not his anticipated third album, it serves as guidance toward where the electronic wunderkind's ever-evolving sounds may be taking us next. The mixtape features deeper experimentation with glitchier, more industrial sounds: At Lollapalooza, he broke things onstage to this effect. It also brings in some new collaborators, including two tracks with 2018 GRAMMY nominee SOPHIE, one of which features Skin artist KUCKA (listen to "Voices" above) as well as one with rising experimental rapper JPEGMAFIA.
Aussie live electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL exceeded many fans' expectations with their third studio album, 2018's deep, emotive SOLACE. For each project thus far, Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt pick a new city to work and record in. For SOLACE, they hunkered down in their temporary home studio on Rose Avenue in Venice, Calif, after two years on the road. One of the album's singles, "Underwater," is also up for Best Dance Recording, earning the group their first two GRAMMY nods.
Also in 2018, they launched their own record label, Rose Avenue Records, to which they've signed (and collaborated with!) rising electronic acts Cassian and Lastlings. It was only back in 2014 when RÜFÜS released their debut album, Atlas, so it's safe to say the guys had a good decade.
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As ethereal chillwave outfit Tycho, San Francisco's own Scott Hansen makes peaceful yet powerful music perfect for enjoying sunsets or sunrises. In fact, the two-time GRAMMY nominee's annual sunrise DJ sets in the Nevada desert at Burning Man are a mecca of sorts for his fans. When performing live, Tycho is built out with Hansen's full touring band, some of whom also collaborate in the studio, a favorite for those magic golden hour sunset festival sets.
For Weather, Tycho's fifth studio album since his 2006 debut, Past Is Prologue, Hansen pairs his chill, ambient beats with dreamy vocals from Saint Sinner. It's his first project featuring lyrics, and not an insubstantial amount, as she sings on five out of eight of the album's tracks. Because of this, it feels fresh yet still familiar and comforting, an exciting shift for the beloved multi-instrumentalist/producer/visual artist.
Don't forget to tune in to the 2020 GRAMMYs live on Jan. 26 to find out who will take home the Electronic/Dance gramophone this year, as well as all the other 83 exciting categories. In the meantime, stay tuned to GRAMMY.com (sign up for our weekly newsletter digest above!), our social media channels (follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and our YouTube page to keep up on all things 2020 GRAMMYs and beyond.
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