This year’s race for the Dance/Electronic field doesn’t seem to be highly competitive. The question is whether Academy voters will decide for the usual big names of the EDM world or for the breakthrough artists. This field usually comes up with surprises, whatsoever. And, here are the predictions:
Best Dance Recording
- Zedd ft. Hayley Williams — Stay the Night
- Calvin Harris — Summer
- Kiesza — Hideaway
- Disclosure ft. Mary J Blige — F For You
- Skrillex ft. Kill the Noise, Fatman Scoop & Michael Angelakos — Recess
Last year’s winner, German-based house DJ Zedd is back with his second most famous song, “Stay the Night” featuring vocals by Paramore frontwoman, Hayley Williams. The fact that Zedd is already a GRAMMY recipient gives him a higher chance than the rest of the submitted artists. His closest rival will be Scottish singer/songwriter/DJ/producer, Calvin Harris who’s been nominated for the Dance Recording category in the last two years. This time, he’s in the running for the worldwide hit, “Summer”.
The next contender is breakthrough Canadian artist and dancer, Kiesza who impressed the critics and the audience with the song —and its accompanying music video, “Hideaway”. Last year’s Dance/Electronic Album nominees, Disclosure have “F For You” featuring vocals from 9-time GRAMMY winner, Mary J. Blige. Last but not least is the King of Dubstep and 6-time winner, Skrillex with the song “Recess” featuring New York-based DJ, Kill the Noise; rapper Fatman Scoop and Michael Angelakos, leader of the indie-pop band Passion Pit.
Other notable submissions include: deadmau5 for “Avaritia”; Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones for “I Got U”; Duck Sauce for “NGR”; Cut/Copy for “Free Your Mind”; The Chainsmokers for “Selfie”.
Best Dance/Electronic Album
- Skrillex — Recess
- Röyksopp & Robyn — Do It Again
- Martin Garrix — Gold Skies
- deadmau5 — while (1<2)
- Duck Sauce — Quack
Skrillex, with two wins in this category, is definitely a shoo-in for this award with his first ever studio album (before he’s released only extended plays and mixtapes), Recess. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he gets snubbed as this record was received with poor reviews. The other big competitors are the Norwegian duo, Röyksopp alongside 4-time GRAMMY nominee, Robyn from Sweden for their collaborative EP, Do It Again —which is considered one of the best EDM releases of the year. Also in the running is 18 year-old Dutch DJ, Martin Garrix for his debut EP, Gold Skies. Garrix has received a lot of attention from the Academy this year and we know how much they love wunderkinds.
Other contenders include the controversial Canadian house musician, deadmau5 for while(1<2). Despite this album was poorly reviewed, the “dead mouse” has had his two previous albums nominated for this category. The New York-based duo and one-time nominees, Duck Sauce could complete the line-up for their long-awaited debut album, Quack.
Other notable submissions include: Chromeo for White Women; Steve Aoki for Neon Future I; Tiesto for A Town Called Paradise; Kaskade for Redux; Aphex Twin for Syro.