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2012 Grammy Nominations: Skrillex and deadmau5 earn top honors

The 2012 Grammy nominees were announced yesterday, and the selections prove that the people responsible for picking them are completely clueless. There are three EDM-related categories this year, including Best Dance Recording, Best Dance / Electronica Album, and Best Remixed Recording. Top honors go to Skrillex, who scored an astounding five noms — each of the three aforementioned dance categories, Best New Artist, and Best Music Video. To put things into perspective, that’s the same number of nominations as Lil Wayne, and two less than the most-nominated man of this year, Kanye West. Deadmau5 was also nominated for all three dance categories, and David Guetta secured two. To see all the nominees — and hear some thoughts on them — keep reading below.

BEST DANCE RECORDING :

Raise Your Weapon – Deadmau5

Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce

Sunshine – David Guetta & Avicii

Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn

Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites – Skrillex

Save The World – Swedish House Mafia

The first word that comes to mind to describe the nominees for Best Dance Recording is “random.” The fact that “Sunshine” is in here and “Levels” is not is an absolute atrocity. Hat tip to Swedish House Mafia, but this whole list feels quite random. “Barbra Streisand” — seriously?

BEST DANCE / ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Zonoscope – Cut Copy

4×4 = 12 – Deadmau5

Nothing But The Beat – David Guetta

Body Talk Pt. 3 – Robyn

Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites – Skrillex

We’d be shocked if Guetta doesn’t bring this one home with Nothing But The Beat.

BEST REMIXED RECORDING

Cinema – Benny Benassi (Skrillex Remix)

Collide – Leona Lewis (Afrojack Remix)

End of Line – Daft Punk (Photek Remix)

Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna (Rosabel Club Mix)

Rope – Foo Fighters (Deadmau5 Mix)

Skrillex’s remix of “Cinema” is probably the shoo in, but Afrojack’s remix of “Collide” could become even more infamous if it somehow takes the crown.

One thing is clear about all of these nominations: dance music is about to be thrust onto the American mainstage in a very big way. The Grammys are a major part of American music culture, and EDM is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

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