Its the most wonderful (controversial) time of the year! The Grammy nominations. Earlier this week the 20201 Grammy nominations were released and featured major electronic names such as Diplo, Deadmau5, Disclosure, Flume, Madeon , and more. Shortly after the nominations were released, EDM twitter did what they did best, and get butt hurt about the nominations not representing dance music as a whole.
This year’s nominations welcomes back Diplo, Disclosure, and Flume. These electronic artists are no stranger to the Grammy’s having been nominated and taken home the coveted golden gramophone. SIDEPIECE “On my Mind,” nomination for Best Dance Recording . Diplo‘s 9th nomination. Currently he holds three Grammy’s: two for his work with Jack U and in 2019 he won Best Dance Recording for “Electricity” with Mark Ronson and Dua Lipa Let’s see if he is feeling lucky two years in a row.
Unsurprising to see under the names for nominations is UK Electronic duo Disclosure. They received two nominations, one for their latest album Energy, under the Best Dance/Electronic Album and a second for their single “My High.” They have previously been nominated 5 times, since they erupted into the scene; receiving a nomination for for each of their albums. In 2016 they took home a Grammy for Best Full Length Studio Recording for their sophomore album “Caracal”.
Flume has received one nomination for Best Dance Recording for his single “The Difference,” featuring Toro y Moi. This is his fourth Grammy nomination. In 2017 he won Best Dance/Electronic Album for his iconic album Skin.
Some new faces to the Grammy nominations include Madeon for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Good Faith, Baauer, Arca, SIDEPIECE, and more. Perhaps the biggest new face and name to this year’s list of Grammy nominations is Haitian-Canadian producer Kaytranada who was nominated for three Grammys: Best Dance Recording– “10%”, Best Dance/Electronic Album – “Bubba”, and Best New Artist .
While the Grammy’s may seem overrated and inaccurate to many in the electronic music scene, dance music has come along way with its nominations and impact on the awards. I’ve always enjoyed watching the performances and guessing who was going to take home the award. After a crazy year for music and live entertainment, its something I will be looking forward to start next year off.
Catch the 63rd Annual 2021 Grammy Awards air Sunday, January 31 on CBS.
2021 GRAMMY Nominations (Dance Music)
Best Remixed Recording
Phil Good – Do You Ever (Rac Mix)
Deadmau5 – Imaginary Friends (Morgan Page Remix)
Jasper Street Co. – Praying for You (Louie Vega Main Mix)
Saint Jhn – Roses (Imanbek Remix)
Bazzi – Young & Alive (Bazzi vs. Haywire Remix)
Full list of 2021 Grammy Nominations can be found here.