Dance music’s presence in last year’s Grammy awards was undeniable, marking the first time a DJ had been nominated for the Best New Artist category. The DJs and producers who were big in our world had finally crossed over into mainstream relevance by way of Skrillex’s five nominations and three wins. This year, Skrillex received three nods, each in the categories he won last year. Diplo’s nomination for Best Producer is also an accolade that is long overdue. Only three highly-recognizable dance music artists were nominated in 2012, but this time around there’s a much healthier selection.
Click below the jump to find out who made the cut and in which categories — prepare to be surprised.
BEST DANCE RECORDING:
Levels – Avicii
Let’s Go – Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
Bangarang – Skrillex featuring Sirah
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin
I Can’t Live Without You – Al Walser (?)
BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM:
Wonderland – Steve Aoki
Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers
> Album Title Goes Here < – Deadmau5
Fire & Ice – Kaskade
Bangarang – Skrillex
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL:
Climax (Usher), Get Free (Major Lazer Featuring Amber Coffman), La La La (Snoop Lion), Lies (Marina And The Diamonds), Look At These Hoes (Santigold), Push And Shove (No Doubt Featuring Busy Signal & Major Lazer), Slight Work (Wale Featuring Big Sean), Thought Of You (Justin Bieber), Too Close (Alex Clare)
BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL:
In my Mind (Axwell Remix) – Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl
Lie Down In Darkness (Photek Remix) – Moby
Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix) – M83
Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix) – Nero
The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix) – Deadmau5
Before you get up in arms about the fact that “Levels,” Fire & Ice, and Bangarang were released in 2011, it is important to note that the Grammys only consider releases from October 1st of 2011 to September 30th of 2012 — hence the reason Zedd’s Clarity has not made the cut, having been released on October 2nd. While we won’t get into the politics of who we think should or should not be on the list of nominees (save that for later), we will say that you can expect a full rundown on who the hell Al Walser is and why his name is on this list.