Opinion: Daft Punk Deserves the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronica Album
Daft Punk has had a pretty good year, what with “Get Lucky” reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, and Dance/Electronic Digital Songs charts, and Random Access Memories hitting number on the Billboard 200, Top Current Albums, and Dance/Electronic Albums charts. So after taking over the airwaves and the charts, it’s only logical that Daft Punk be nominated for some of the biggest categories at the Grammys.
When it comes to the Best Dance/Electronic Album category, Daft Punk is a clear frontrunner whose only major competition is, arguably, Calvin Harris’ 18 Months. What sets the duo apart is their proven track record of producing music that has the ability to crossover into other genres and receive substantial radio plays. In 2014, it’s common to hear dance/electronic artists on the radio, but back in 1999 when Daft Punk released “Around the World,” American radio stations weren’t as receptive to music that didn’t fit solidly into the pop, rock, country, or hip-hop genres.
Also helping bolster Daft Punk’s chances of winning Best Dance/Electronic Album is the number of records sold. Random Access Memories debuted in May at number one on the Billboard 200 with a whopping 339,000 copies sold in its first week, and then went on to sell an impressive 614,000 in the U.S. alone by July this past year. In terms of singles, “Get Lucky” has sold over 7 million copies as of September, and reached the top ten in 32 countries, making it one of the most popular songs of 2013.
It should also be noted that Daft Punk has nominations in three other categories, including “the big two.” As the sole dance/electronic artist in the Album of the Year and Record of the Year categories, it is obvious that Grammy voters see Daft Punk as this year’s top electronic artist. It’s no easy task to earn a Grammy nomination, let alone four in a single year. On top of that, Random Access Memories is nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, which would give the audio engineers the award if it won.
Overall, Random Access Memories is up for three awards and “Get Lucky” is up for two, making Daft Punk one of the most nominated artists at the awards this year. If that’s not enough to justify them winning Best Dance/Electronica Album, then I’m not sure what is.