April 17, 2014

Grammy Noms: Skrillex Dominates EDM Categories & More

Skrillex: 5 nominations.

Skrillex: 5 nominations.

The 2011 Grammy Award nominations are out and, of course, we quickly focus on the DJ/EDM-related categories. The big story for DJ culture? That’s easy—it’s Skrillex.

EDM’s breakout artist—aka Sonny Moore, age 23—was nominated for five Grammy Awards.

While that development seems to have fostered plenty of digital debate in the cyberworld—Facebook, for example, is abuzz—we think it’s all bunk. Congrats, Sonny, you deserve it. We just hope we get more than a glimpse of you on CBS’ 54th Grammy Award broadcast the evening of February 12.

And considering that Skrillex was nominated for Best New Artist, it’s a distinct possibility. But we’ll not hold out as much hope for TV facetime from the other nominated categories—Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical and Best Short Form Music Video. In addition to finishing a close 2nd in the America’s Best DJ poll, these nominations cap a huge 2011 for the L.A.-based DJ/producer/artist.

It should also be noted that Canada’s ever-popular faux-rodent Deadmau5—otherwise known as Joel Zimmerman, age 30—hauled in three nominations (Dance Recording, Dance/Electronica Album and Remixed Recording). Holland’s Afrojack—aka Nick van de Wall, age 24—also had a strong showing with a nom for Best Remix (Leona Lewis’ “Collide”), plus involvement with two other nominated projects—co-writing/co-production on Chris Brown’s smash, “Look at Me Now!” (Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance) and production on four songs for David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat (Best Dance/Electronica Album). Additionally, innovative DJ/producer Diplo—aka Wes Pentz, age 33—was cited for his co-writing/co-production on Brown’s “Look at Me Now!”

Here’s a rundown of the related categories:

BEST DANCE RECORDING

“Raise Your Weapon”

Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech

Joel Zimmerman, producer

Track from: 4×4=12

Ultra Records

“Barbra Streisand”

Duck Sauce

Duck Sauce, producers; Duck Sauce, mixers

Downtown Records

“Sunshine”

David Guetta & Avicii

Avicii, David Guetta & Giorgio Tuinfort, producers; Avicii, mixer

Track from: Nothing But The Beat

Virgin Records

“Call Your Girlfriend”

Robyn

Klas Åhlund & Billboard, producers; Niklas Flyckt, mixer

Track from: Body Talk Pt. 3

Interscope Records

“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”

Skrillex

Skrillex, producer; Skrillex, mixer

Track from: Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites

Big Beat/Atlantic

“Save The World”

Swedish House Mafia

Steve Angello, Axel Hedfors & Sebastian Ingrosso, producers; Steve Angello, Axel Hedfors & Sebastian Ingrosso, mixers

Astralwerks

BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Zonoscope

Cut/Copy

Modular Recordings

4×4=12

Deadmau5

Ultra Records

Nothing But The Beat

David Guetta

Virgin Records

Body Talk, Pt. 3

Robyn

Interscope Records

Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites

Skrillex

Big Beat/Atlantic

 

BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL

“Cinema” (Skrillex Remix)

Sonny Moore, remixer (Benny Benassi)

Track from: Electroman

Ultra Records

“Collide” (Afrojack Remix)

Afrojack, remixer (Leona Lewis)

RCA/Syco Music

“End Of Line” (Photek Remix)

Photek, remixer (Daft Punk)

Track from: Tron: Legacy Reconfigured

Walt Disney Records

“Only Girl (In The World)” (Rosabel Club Mix)

Abel Aguilera & Ralphi Rosario, remixers (Rihanna)

Island Def Jam

“Rope” (Deadmau5 Mix)

Deadmau5, remixer (Foo Fighters)

Track from: Wasting Light: Deluxe

RCA/Roswell Records

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

 

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO

“Rolling In The Deep”

Adele

Sam Brown, video director; Hannah Chandler, video producer

XL Recordings/Columbia Records

 

“Yes I Know”

Memory Tapes

Eric Epstein, video director; Eric Epstein, video producer

Carpark Records

“All Is Not Lost”

OK Go

Itamar Kubovy, Damian Kulash Jr & Trish Sie, video directors; Shirley Moyers, video producer

Paracadute

“Lotus Flower”

Radiohead

Garth Jennings, video director; Garth Jennings, video producer

XL/TBD Records

“First Of The Year (Equinox)”

Skrillex

Tony Truand, video director; Noah Klein, video producer

Big Beat/Atlantic

“Perform This Way”

“Weird Al” Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic, video director; Cisco Newman, video producer

Jive Records

The 54th Grammy Awards will be broadcast on CBS February 12, 2012, at 8 pm EST.