Exploring The GRAMMYs' Dance/Electronica Field Nominees
You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Dance/Electronica Field for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Sometimes it can be hard to stay in your seat when the music gets kicking, and for the artists represented in the Dance/Electronica Field, movement is precisely the intended and encouraged response to the music they create. The technologically cutting-edge sounds that have kept clubs thumping and people moving this past year are represented here in the two categories comprising the field. And in a testament to the genre’s growing global impact, current nominees Deadmau5 and David Guetta will join with Chris Brown, Foo Fighters and Lil Wayne for the first dance/electronica performance in GRAMMY history at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Best Dance Recording
It's not surprising to find Los Angeles-born Skrillex (Sonny Moore) nominated here for the title track to Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites. Best Dance Recording is one of his five nominations, including a nod for the prestigious Best New Artist award. Stockholm native Robyn returns with "Call Your Girlfriend," her second consecutive nomination in this category following "Dancing On My Own" last year. She's part of a surprisingly strong showing from Sweden this year, as her fellow countrymen in Swedish House Mafia — DJs/producers Steve Angello Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso — are first-time nominees in the category, represented by "Save The World." There's also Stockholm-born producer Avicii (Tim Berg), who is nominated for his production and mixing work alongside French producer David Guetta for "Sunshine." Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) is nominated for the first time in this category for his collaboration with Greta Svabo Bech on "Raise Your Weapon." In keeping with the field's international tilt, Deadmau5 is one of two Canadian talents recognized here. The other is A-Trak from Duck Sauce, a duo rounded out by American DJ Armand Van Helden. They're first-time nominees with their undeniably danceable tribute to a decidedly nonelectronica artist, "Barbra Streisand."
Best Dance/Electronica Album
Four Best Dance Recording nominees reprise their nods here. Skrillex's full-length effort has been a mainstay of the dubstep movement. The eclectic album combines elements such as piano embellishments, super-charged riffs, thumping bass lines, and hypnotic beats. A two-time GRAMMY winner, Guetta's double album, Nothing But The Beat, landed in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, spurred by strong collaborations with artists such as fellow nominees Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Robyn's completion of her Body Talk trilogy has her in the running. The album combines songs featured from Body Talk, Pt. 1 and Body Talk, Pt. 2, in addition to new songs. Deadmau5 effectively combined electro-house, dubstep and trance sounds on 4X4=12. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical — a category he is nominated for this year, to go along with his two nods in this field. Cut/Copy are first-time GRAMMY nominees for their third full-length album, Zonoscope. The Australian electronic band consists of vocalist Dan Whitford, bassist/guitarist Tim Hoey and drummer Mitchell Scott.
Who will take home the awards in the Dance/Electronica Field? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
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