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Robyn And Röyksopp Do It Again
GRAMMY-nominated pop singer Robyn and Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp recently participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., to discuss their collaboration on their 2014 EP, Do It Again, and their recording process as a trio, among other topics.
"It's fair to say that we just wanted to make music," said Röyksopp's Torbjørn Brundtland.
"It was … a collaboration in a really integrated way, so it felt like the natural thing [to do]," added Robyn.
"It feels so much [like] a collaboration because we've sat together and actually taken on all the roles … being the composer, lyricist and the producer," said Röyksopp's Svein Berge.
A native of Stockholm, Robyn's debut album, 1997's Robyn Is Here, was co-produced by GRAMMY nominee Max Martin and cracked the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Top 10 hits "Do You Know (What It Takes)" and "Show Me Love." In 2005 she established her own label, Konichiwa Records, and released her self-titled album, which earned the singer her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album. In 2010 Robyn released Body Talk, which garnered GRAMMY nominations for 2010 and 2011 for Best Dance Recording for "Dancing On My Own" and "Call Your Girlfriend," respectively. The album also earned Robyn a 2011 GRAMMY nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album.
Hailing from Tromsø, Norway, Röyksopp's Brundtland and Berge began recording in the early '90s. In 2002 they released their debut full-length album, Melody A.M., which peaked at No. 18 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart. They followed with The Understanding (2005) and Junior (2009), both of which peaked in the Top 5 on the chart. The latter includes "The Girl And The Robot," which features vocals from Robyn. Following the release of 2010's Senior, Röyksopp released the single "Running To The Sea" in 2013, which featured fellow Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanne Sundfør.
Released May 26, Do It Again features five tracks co-written by Robyn and Röyksopp, including "Sayit," "Do It Again" and "Monument." The EP peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart.
Robyn and Röyksopp are in the midst of their international Do It Again tour, with dates scheduled through August.
Kanye West Tops 54th GRAMMY Nominations
(For a complete list of 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominees, please click here.)
Nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the fourth year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
Kanye West tops the nominations with seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each garner six nods; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each are up for five awards. Drake; producers/songwriters Paul Epworth, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine; Nicki Minaj; Mumford & Sons; Radiohead; Rihanna; and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) each receive four nominations.
"Once again, it is most gratifying to see the GRAMMY Awards process produce a broad cross section of diverse and impressive nominees across multiple genres," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "This year's nominations truly reflect an exceptional and talented creative community that embodies some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields. Coupled with the fourth year of our primetime nominations special, the road to Music's Biggest Night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, is off to an exciting and appropriate start."
Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:
Record Of The Year:
"Rolling In The Deep" — Adele
"Holocene" — Bon Iver
"Grenade" — Bruno Mars
"The Cave" — Mumford & Sons
"Firework" — Katy Perry
Album Of The Year:
21 — Adele
Wasting Light — Foo Fighters
Born This Way — Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans — Bruno Mars
Loud — Rihanna
Song Of The Year:
"All Of The Lights" — Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
"The Cave" — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
"Grenade" — Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Holocene" — Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
"Rolling In The Deep" — Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
Best New Artist:
The Band Perry
Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards' other 29 Fields:
For Best Pop Solo Performance, the nominees are "Someone Like You" by Adele; "Yoü And I" by Lady Gaga; "Grenade" by Bruno Mars; "Firework" by Katy Perry; and "F***in' Perfect" by Pink.
The nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are "Body And Soul" by Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse; "Dearest" by the Black Keys; "Paradise" by Coldplay; "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster The People; and "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera.
For Best Dance Recording the nominees are "Raise Your Weapon" by Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech; "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce; "Sunshine" by David Guetta & Avicii; "Call Your Girlfriend" by Robyn; "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" by Skrillex; and "Save The World" by Swedish House Mafia.
For Best Alternative Music Album, the nominees are Bon Iver by Bon Iver; Codes And Keys by Death Cab For Cutie; Torches by Foster The People; Circuital by My Morning Jacket; and The King Of Limbs by Radiohead.
The nominees for Best R&B Album are F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown; Second Chance by El DeBarge; Love Letter by R. Kelly; Pieces Of Me by Ledisi; and Kelly by Kelly Price.
For Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, the nominees are "Party" by Beyoncé & André 3000; "I'm On One" by DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne; "I Need A Doctor" by Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey; "What's My Name?" by Rihanna & Drake; "Motivation" by Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne; and "All Of The Lights" by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie.
For Best Country Solo Performance, the nominees are "Dirt Road Anthem" by Jason Aldean; "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" by Martina McBride; "Honey Bee" by Blake Shelton; "Mean" by Taylor Swift; and "Mama's Song" by Carrie Underwood.
The nominees for Best Americana Album are Emotional Jukebox by Linda Chorney; Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down by Ry Cooder; Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris; Ramble At The Ryman by Levon Helm; and Blessed by Lucinda Williams.
The nominees for Best Folk Album are Barton Hollow by the Civil Wars; I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive by Steve Earle; Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes; Ukulele Songs by Eddie Vedder; and The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch.
The Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominees are Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, the Smeezingtons (Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars), Ryan Tedder, and Butch Vig.
This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 17,500 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2010 – Sept. 30, 2011). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 14 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by Jan. 11, 2012, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 54th GRAMMY telecast.
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Feb. 12, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures and John Cossette Productions for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.
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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