So, unfortunately, my predictions for the winners in the Dance music category at the Grammy’s this year were off. I must admit I had a feeling the outcome would be this way but I hoped that the Grammy board would step away from the commercial front runner and actually give it to someone with talent.
So Skrillex’s single Bangarang took home the Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Yawn! Dubstep is so 2011! But I guess the Grammy awards didn’t get the memo. Although I wanted SHM to take it I would’ve been happier to see Avicii win then Skrillex.
He also won Best Dance/Electronica Album. I listened to Bangarang, the album, and was totally unaffected. It was the same mechanical beats over and over. Kaskade was definitely robbed, but I think this is just the beginning for Dance Music. Hopefully in the years to come dance artists will be recognized for their talent and of their commercial appeal.
I am so tired of DUMBstep and Skrillex! I’m sure everyone agrees! First off, that hair! Last night he looked like he hadn’t showered in months. I get it, you’re a DJ and you’re so unique and special, but it’s the Grammy Awards! Show some respect and wash your hair.
I am really angry with the outcome last night and hope that other dance music fans were as well. Feel free to let me know how you feel!
Tim Morris says
Let’s be honest, the best EDM acts weren’t even nominated this year. Zeds Dead should’ve been nominated for Best Album with The Living Dead and Best Recording with Cowboy ft. Omar LinX. BT should’ve been nominated for both categories as well, with If The Stars Are Eternal, So Are You And I and 13 Angels On My Broken Windowsill, respectively. Madeon should’ve been nominated for Best Recording for Finale.
EDM is only just now getting the recognition it deserves in the Grammy universe, but it’s still far from right in terms of recognizing the correct talent. Until it does (read: never), take the Grammys with a grain of salt. They never get it right and never will, which is why watching them is a waste of time.
On the subject of Skrillex, he gets way more hate than he should. I don’t like his music nearly as much as I used to, but he at least incorporates different styles (his newest EP is great evidence of this) and he’s a hell of a live performer, like him or not. I think that deadmau5 should’ve won Best Album this year, >album title goes here< was an incredible effort that defies his past efforts, which were oftentimes repetitive and inconsistent. As for Best Recording, Bangarang wasn't even the best track on that album… Kyoto (could also make an argument for Summit) was. None of those nominees really blew me away, so I compiled my own list:
Zeds Dead ft. Omar LinX – Cowboy
BT – 13 Angels On My Broken Windowsill
Madeon – Finale
Zedd ft. Matthew Koma – Spectrum
deadmau5 ft. Gerard Way – Professional Griefers
But again, who am I kidding? Those who are in charge of the Grammy selections don't care about actual quality of a song, they just care about who sells, and Skrillex sells.