Dance Favorites Contend For The Gold
(For a complete list of 53rd GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)
This year's Best Dance Recording category is bursting with talent and memorable dance gems that will surely make for one of the most competitive races during the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 13.
Both established chart-toppers and blogger darlings are competing for GRAMMY gold in this category: Goldfrapp ("Rocket"), La Roux ("In For The Kill"), Lady Gaga ("Dance In The Dark"), Rihanna ("Only Girl [In The World]"), and Robyn ("Dancing On My Own").
This year's nomination marks Swedish pop phenom Robyn's second career GRAMMY nod. In 2008 she received a nomination in the Best Electronic/Dance category for her self-titled album. "Dancing On My Own" was the first single released from Body Talk Pt. 1 in June 2010. Robyn released the album as part of a three-volume project, allowing her to balance her creative urges while also satisfying her fans' irresistible appetite for new music.
Rihanna also turned to the dance floor to find inspiration for her latest album, Loud. Produced by Kuk Harrell, Stargate and Sandy Vee, "Only Girl (In The World)" was the first single released from the album. The song is ruled by a massively hooky chorus that had fans everywhere instantly humming along.
British duo La Roux was one of the biggest surprises in 2010. The blazing electro sounds of "Bulletproof" and "In For The Kill" helped them attain chart success in the UK and soon caught on in the United States, with the former reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. "In For The Kill" hit heavy rotation on Top 40 radio stations across the country, paving the way for more Euro-style dance tunes to follow their lead.
Lady Gaga received an impressive six GRAMMY nominations. After winning the award for Best Dance Recording last year for the ubiquitous "Poker Face," the global chart sensation is nominated this time around for "Dance In The Dark." All eyes (and ears) will be on the Lady on GRAMMY Sunday as she announced on Twitter that she will be releasing her much-anticipated new single on Feb. 13.
British electro-pop outfit Goldfrapp returned to a more pop-savvy sound on their 2010 album Head First after experimenting with lush electronica on 2008's Seventh Three. The lead single from Head First was the synth-happy "Rocket," which hit No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. The duo (Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory) was previously nominated in the Best Dance Recording category in 2006 for "Ooh La La."
Goldfrapp (Head First) and La Roux (La Roux) also picked up nominations in the Best Electronic/Dance Album. Rounding out the category are BT (These Hopeful Machines), the Chemical Brothers (Further) and Groove Armada's (Black Light).
Who will take home the GRAMMY gold in the Dance Field? Tune in to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.