Daft Punk To Perform First Time Since 2014 And Flume Nominated For Both EDM Categories At Upcoming 2017 Grammys
The biggest night in music is coming up on February 12. It's the 59th annual Grammy Awards where our favorite artists in every genre will gather to see who wins Album of the Year.
The latest addition is a special performance from Daft Punk teaming up with The Weeknd. Their collaborative track "Starboy" hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in December. The song unfortunately was released after the Grammy deadline to be considered for a nomination.
Daft Punk has not had a live performance since their last Grammy appearance in 2014 when their album Random Access Memories won Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electonica Album.
Other performances this year feature John Legend, Bruno Mars, Adele, Anderson .Paak, Carrie Underwood and the list goes on with more chart-topping legends.
The Grammy's have awards for categories like Album of The Year and Track of the Year, but also get specific for genres from country to hip-hop.
It wasn't until 2005 that the Grammy's began recognizing dance/electronic music as a genre. Then from 2012-2014 they were calling it dance/electronica. In 2015 they decided to switch it back to dance/electronic, stating that the genre has evolved.
The category description says to be considered dance/electronic, the albums must contain at least 51% playing of new vocal or instrumental electronic recordings. It is "groove-oriented recordings with electronic-based instrumentation." Remix albums are not eligible.
This explains how Lady Gaga won back in 2010, even though most would consider her a pop artist rather than electronic artist.
Last year, our beloved duo Jack U, made up of Diplo and Skrillex, took home both EDM categories, Best Album and Best Dance Recording for "Where Are U Now."
This year's nominations for Best Dance/Electronic Albums are:
- Flume - Skin
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica 1: The Time Machine
- Tycho - Epoch
- Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future
- Louie Vega - Louie Vega Starring...XXVIII
This year's nominations for Best Dance Recording are:
- Bob Moses - "Tearing Me Up"
- The Chainsmokers featuring Daya - "Don't Let Me Down"
- Flume featuring Kai - "Never Be like You"
- Riton featuring Kah-Lo - "Rinse & Repeat"
- Sofi Tukker - "Drinkee"
The Chainsmokers deserve their Best Dance Recording Nomination because they took over the radio this year with hit after hit bringing EDM into the mainstream pop music world. Check out our Best 5 EDM Albums of the Year, we agree on Flume and Tycho.
(Below: Myself, fan-girling at Grammy Museum last year)
My prediction is that Australian producer Flume will take the trophy (or actually Gramophone) this year because his genre-bending style fuses that future-bass sound that has become popular this year with electro-pop vocals and lyrics we all love.
Tune in February 12 to see who takes home this year's awards and watch our beloved Daft Punk teams up with The Weeknd for a once in a lifetime performance, although we all have our fingers crossed that a tour announcement from our favorite masked producers follows.