Dance/Electronica Comes Into Prominence In Fluorescent Fashion
"And the GRAMMY goes to … Skrillex." "And the GRAMMY goes to … Skrillex." "And the GRAMMY goes to … Skrillex!"
No, those aren't typos. The artist otherwise known as Sonny Moore, the multitalented, one-man dance/electronica music machine, returned to the GRAMMY stage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony to accept three more gold gramophones this past week. If you're experiencing a bit of déjà vu, it's because the dubstep king claimed victory again in the exact same categories he won last year, bringing his career total wins to six. His latest winnings included Best Dance Recording for "Bangarang" featuring Sirah (the title track from the album that also won Best Dance/Electronica Album), and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remix collaboration with Nero on the latter's "Promises."
During Skrillex's first acceptance speech for Best Dance Recording, he shared that the inspiration for the album was taken from the Peter Pan idea of "never growing up." But never growing up doesn't mean never winning again because shortly after exiting, Skrillex was called back to the stage with his full Lost Boys gang in tow to collect the award for Best Dance/Electronica Album.
"None of the rappers showed up so we had to come rolling deep!" he said, motioning to a group of more than 15 of his musical "family."
Skrillex might have been the man with the statues, but he wasn't the only EDM heavyweight at the GRAMMYs. One of the presenters at this year's Pre-Telecast Ceremony was Ryan Raddon, better known as Kaskade, who gave a heartfelt nod to The Academy.
"We've got three categories this year," he began. "Now, they've got it really figured out … It's a well-oiled machine."
But that machine wasn't just confined to Sunday night. Amid the insanity of GRAMMY Week, another EDM highlight was an exclusive party that took place in downtown Los Angeles to support the Dance (RED), Save Lives album. Kaskade and Tommy Trash kicked the night off in quick succession, leaving Diplo and Skrillex to go back-to-back on the decks for the latter part of the evening. Not to be left out, Nero joined Diplo and Skrillex onstage just after midnight and, after going back-to-back for a few tracks, Nero treated the crowd to a semi-live rendition of the soon-to-be-award-winning "Promises," bringing the weekend full circle even before it had begun.
EDM thus wasn't just a one-night welcome to the ceremony, or a one-off event, but a full-fledged cog in the GRAMMY machine, and a welcomed one.
Welcome to the main stage, my favorite genre … for good.