July 26, 2014

Grammys Go Underground (Sorta)

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Guetta and Madonna’s starpower: Tough to beat

David Guetta‘s 2011 Grammy Award nomination yesterday for his “Revolver” Madonna remix was no more surprising than tears streaming down John Boehner’s face, but relative newcomers were also showered with music industry stardust in the Best Remixed Recording category.

While Guetta, combined with Madonna’s “Revolver,” seems to be a betting man’s pick–when you consider this is the same Recording Academy that nominated gents named Clapton, Plant, McCartney and Neil Young for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance–newcomers Morgan Page and Wolfgang Gartner seem to have lodged themselves into industry consciousness with great work, albeit with less commercial impact.

With first-time nominees Page and Gartner, Mike Rizzo and one-third of Swedish House Mafia (Axwell), the remixer pond, as understood by the Academy, is freshly stocked.

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Reactions to the nominations were a predictable tonic of ebullience and shock.

“Oh shit I got nominated for a Grammy!,” wrote Wolfgang Gartner on his Twitter account. “Best remixed recording…Why they chose a 3-year-old track is beyond me. But hey I’ll take it. YAY”

A Best Electronic Album nomination swept over BT (“These Hopeful Machines”) like a karmic tsunami.

“We did it,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “This literally is one of the most amazing moments of my entire life. Just absolute tears of gratitude. The 6yr old boy from suburban Maryland with a big dream, thanks all of you for supporting me for all these years. This is for all of us. I am in a walking state of gratitude and wonderment.”

Nominees in the Dance category as follows:

Best Electronic Album

BT: These Hopeful Machines [Nettwerk Records]

Further: The Chemical Brothers [Astralwerks]

Head First: Goldfrapp [Mute]

Black Light: Groove Armada [OM Records]

La Roux: La Roux [Cherrytree/Interscope/Polydor/Biglife]

Best Dance Recording

“Rocket”– Goldfrapp

“In For The Kill”– La Roux

“Dance In The Dark” — Lady Gaga

“Only Girl (In The World)” — Rihanna

“Dancing On My Own” — Robyn

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

“Fantasy” (Morgan Page Remix)

Morgan Page, remixer (Nadia Ali)

[Smile In Bed]

“Funk Nasty” (Wolfgang Gartner Remix Edit)

Wolfgang Gartner, remixer (Andy Caldwell Featuring Gram’ma Funk)

[Uno Recordings]

“Orpheus (Quiet Carnival)” (Funk Generation Mix)

Mike Rizzo, remixer (Sergio Mendes)

[Concord]

“Revolver” (David Guetta’s One Love Club Remix)

David Guetta, remixer (Madonna)

[Warner Bros.]

“Sweet Disposition” (Axwell & Dirty South Remix)

Axel Hedfors & Dragan Roganovic, remixers (The Temper Trap)

[Glassnote/Columbia Records]

For the complete list of Grammy nominees, check here.

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