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The nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards are here, and electronic music has a few heroes to celebrate -- though not everyone who had a big year got the big nod.
Flume and The Chainsmokers lead the electronic/dance pack. The Australian king of future bass is nominated for Best Dance Recording with single “Never Be Like You” as well as Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin. His recent sweep of the ARIA Awards, sold out international tour, and platinum-certified status makes him an easy bet to win, though The Chainsmokers' smash hit “Don't Let Me Down” featuring Daya could give “Never Be Like You” a run for its money.
The Chainsmokers are also nominated outside the Electronic/Dance spheres. The California duo was nominated along with collaborator Halsey for Best Pop Duo Performance with their chart-topper “Closer.” Interestingly, the duo was nominated for Best New Artist. It seems even the Grammys would rather forget that whole “#Selfie” thing ever happened....
Rounding out competition of Best Dance Recording are Canadian live duo Bob Moses with its sly, jazzy song “Tearing Me Up,” the English producer from the Ed Banger set Riton for his runaway hit “Rinse & Repeat” featuring Kah-Lo, and most surprisingly, New York's newcomers Sofi Tukker with the Portuguese-sung “Drinkee.”
Seasoned vets get a lot of love in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category. Nominations include 51-year-old Louie Vega's collaborative passion project Louie Vega Starring...XXVIII. The double-album was hailed by reviewers as ambitious and visionary, and could present a credible threat to Flume's big run. Tycho's much appraised Epoch, British electronic band Underworld's comeback LP Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, and French composer Jean-Michel Jarre's Electronica 1: The Time Machine complete the set.
Jamie xx comes in with a nom for Best Music Video with the breathtaking Roman Gavras' directed clip for "Gosh." Electronic music appears on the periphery of pop's big nominations, too. Justin Bieber's Purpose is nominated for Album of the Year and features many production credits from Skrillex as well as Diplo. Mike Posner's “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” isn't really a dance song, nor does it feature production from Avicii, but it does echo the all-encompassing presence of electronic and dance culture in the everyday mainstream.
Nowhere to be seen in any category is DJ Snake whose debut album Encore hasn't left the Dance/Electronic Album chart since it appeared in August. Despite a massive hit with Justin Bieber in “Let Me Love You,” he's snubbed yet again, just as he was last year with “Lean On.” Calvin Harris is also mysteriously absent from any category, despite having a huge return with “This is What You Came For” and no shortage of headline moments in 2016. Daft Punk's collaboration with The Weeknd, “Starboy,” released two days before the official cut-off for consideration, wasn't nominated, either.
Check the full list of Dance/Electronic Grammy nominations below, and catch the Grammy awards live on CBS Feb. 12, 2017.
Best Dance Recording:
"Tearing Me Up" — Bob Moses
"Don't Let Me Down" — The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
"Never Be Like You" — Flume Featuring Kai
"Rinse & Repeat" — Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
"Drinkee" — Sofi Tukker
Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Skin — Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine — Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch — Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future — Underworld
Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII — Louie Vega