In addition to Skrillex’s three big wins, The Grammy Awards paid tribute to dance music with back-to-back performances from David Guetta and Deadmau5. Guetta was joined by Chris Brown and Lil Wayne on “I Can Only Imagine,” a Nothing But The Beat track, as he spun from a LED-enveloped DJ booth that resembled something from Star Trek. As the song came to an end, the cameras spun around to the other end of the tent set up outside the Staples Center to a second stage. Two white curtains fell to the floor Swedish House Mafia style, to reveal the Foo Fighters and Deadmau5 with his LED cube. After a live performance of “Rope,” the section closed with a very dubby version of the timeless track “Raise Your Weapon.”
Neither of the performances were particularly notable from a musical standpoint, but the visual flair was impressive. It all seemed to work together, though the ostentatious Beats product placement was a bit obnoxious. Yes, it’s great that America finally got a dose of dubstep, but last night was more about the exposure. Not only did America get a taste of dance music, the entire world did.