2013 was a peak year for EDM, easily proven by most of the list of All-Star nominees -- Avicii, Calvin Harris, Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia -- in the Grammys’ best dance recording category. Joining them was one much less familiar one: Al Walser. The relatively unknown Los Angeles artist had been networking through a social networking website for voting members, sending over 7,000 emails. Though his campaigning did secure him a nomination (which was ultimately awarded to Skrillex for “Bangarang”), his most important legacy was that he instigated the Academy to take a look at their system, and adjust rules to prevent a similar incident from happening again. -- V.L.
51. Kraftwerk re-emerge as a live force (2012)
In 2012, German pioneers Kraftwerk surprised fans with an eight-night run of 3D shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. (Scheduled, somewhat strangely, soon after a set at Ultra Music Festival in Miami.) The MoMA dates sold out instantly, igniting a worldwide 3D tour that reaffirmed Kraftwerk’s place as electronic royalty. The years-long victory lap was immortalized in 2017 with the live album, 3-D The Catalogue. -- J.T.
50. Griz comes out in heartfelt letter on the Huffington Post (2017)
“I’m a DJ, producer, saxophonist, song writer, performer, yoga lover, weed smoker, clothing designer, record label owner, 90s music lover, a horrible, horrible singer...and I am gay.” The line was scribed by a cool and confident Grant Kwiecinski who saw 2017’s National Pride month as the right time to come out as gay via a touching letter to the Huffington Post, in which he divulged personal details about his high school insecurities and his journey of learning to love himself. With the letter, the producer known as Griz became one of the few openly gay artists in the mainstream dance scene and established himself as one of the dance scene's most visible LGBTQ advocates. -- M.V.
49. The great TomorrowWorld disaster (2015)
TomorrowWorld, the short-lived American venture of Belgian mega-festival Tomorrowland, hammered the final nail in its coffin in 2015. Hosted in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, the festival experienced its own Fyre Festival-level catastrophe when rain transformed the 8,000-acre farmland turned into a mud pit. Organizers then turned a chaotic situation into total havoc by limiting transportation services in an already-remote area, leaving attendees stranded and forced to either pay hundreds of dollars for ride-shares and even sleep on the side of the road on cardboard boxes. It was a messy, ugly party that was over before it started. -- V.L.