For the first time in memory, the Grammy dance nomination field didn't only honor the worthy (which it's had a tendency of doing these past few years, Al Walser drama notwithstanding): It reflected what America actually grooved to in 2013.
Every song in the "Best Dance Recording" category swooped over a crowded festival field this summer; every nod in "Best Electronic/Dance Album" has been significant in driving the genre forward, in this, its biggest year since a producer first tweaked an 808 synth.
And to mark it, Grammy even made a bit of history: Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" is only the second album to be nominated for both Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronic Album since the latter category's inception in 2005 -- following Lady Gaga's "The Fame" in 2010. Recorded almost entirely live and sample-free, it's a reminder that "dance" and "electronic" don't always have to go together, especially amidst the synthetic bombast of EDM. (And that is, perhaps, the final act of the robots' stated mission to revive the epic LP.)