Award season is always an exciting time for the music industry and no night is bigger than the Grammy Awards. This year’s edition of the annual awards ceremony was no different. It was a particularly monumental night for many EDM acts as the genre was quite well-represented. The growth of the genre over the years has resulted in the genre being represented in its own award categories, and while the coveted Album of the Year award is yet to be given to an EDM artist or an EDM-heavy album it’s likely that it will happen some time in the future.
Other notable nominees in the dance music categories included Deadmau5 and Mat Zo. Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne walked away with the Grammy award for “Best Dance Recording”. The award for “Best Dance/Electronic Album”, by far the most prestigious of the three in the dance category, went to Aphex Twin for his critically acclaimed album “Syro”.
A capella group Pentatonix is worth mentioning as they won an award for “Best Arrangement – Instrumental or a Capella” for their mash-up of a number of Daft Punk songs; i.e. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” “One More Time,” “Get Lucky,” “Digital Love,” “Television Rules The Nation,” and “Technologic”. The category was not strictly an EDM one but the fact that music composed by one of the most iconic groups in modern dance music won is something worth celebrating.
Daft Punk was very successful at last year’s edition of the Grammy Awards. They walked away with an impressive four awards for their 2013 album “Random Access Memories” and their hit single “Get Lucky”. The duo received the awards for “Album of the Year,” “Record of the Year,” “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,” and “Best Dance/Electronica Album.”
One of the biggest highlight of this year’s edition was that trance icon Tiësto finally managed to walk away with his first Grammy. The artist who has come up with a number of albums many would consider classics over the course of his 20 year career was finally awarded the Grammy for the “Best Remixed Recording” for his remix of John Legend’s “All Of Me”. Receiving the award is another notch that the artist can put in his belt, and even though he did not need the award to validate his work it’s still wonderful to see great work recognized.
You can listen to John’s remix of “All Of Me” in the video below. You can also see the list of awards which involved EDM artists at the bottom of the page. If you want to see the entire list of nominees you can visit the BillBoard site.
Best Dance Recording
1. “Rather Be” – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – WINNER
2. “Never Say Never” – Basement Jaxx
3. “F For You” – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige
4. “I Got U” – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones
5. “Faded” – Zhu
Best Dance/Electronic Album
1. Syro – Aphex Twin – WINNER
2. while(1<2) – deadmau5
3. Nabuma Rubberband – Little Dragon
4. Do It Again – Röyksopp & Robyn
5. Damage Control – Mat Zo
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
1. “All Of Me” (Tiësto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend) – WINNER
2. “Falling Out” (Ming Remix)
MING, remixer (Crossfingers Featuring Danny Losito)
3. “Pompeii” (Audien Remix)
Audien, remixer (Bastille)
4. “The Rising” (Eddie Amador Remix)
Eddie Amador, remixer (Five Knives)
5. “Smile” (Kaskade Edit)
Ryan Raddon, remixer (Galantis)
6. “Waves” (Robin Schulz Remix)
Robin Schulz, remixer (Mr Probz)
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Capella
1. “Daft Punk”
Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers (Pentatonix) – WINNER
2. “Beautiful Dreamer”
Pete McGuinness, arranger (The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra)
3. “Get Smart”
Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Alfredo Rodríguez, arranger (Alfredo Rodríguez)
5. “Moon River”
Chris Walden, arranger (Amy Dickson)