Electronic Music Cleans Up at The Grammys
While casual viewers may not have noticed, the 56th Grammy Awards were actually a big deal for electronic music. Not only did Daft Punk clean up in every category they were nominated in, they also put on a performance that had all of social media buzzing. But the French duo wasn’t the only electronic music act worth talking about tonight.
Very few categories are announced during the live broadcast, so before the show even started we knew who won in the dance/electronic categories. Taking home Best Dance/Electronic Record was Zedd for his smash hit with Foxes, “Clarity.” When the duo took the stage at the pre-show award ceremony, the excitement on their faces was infectious. Beating out Duke Dumont, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and Armin van Buuren, the young producer proved that his fresh take on electro house is embraced by critics. The award comes right on the heels of the announcement of that he has replaced Justin Timberlake as the face of Bud Light Platinum, proving the Zedd and EDM are becoming more and more commercially viable as well.
In the Best Dance/Electronica Album category, Daft Punk won for Random Access Memories, beating out Disclosure, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and Pretty Lights. The helmet-clad duo have proven to the world time and again that not only can they sell records, but they can also appeal to people outside of hardcore electronic music fans, and tonight was no different. In fact, Random Access Memories had such wide appeal that it even won the award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, giving the album’s engineers a Grammy themselves.
After making us laugh as they made Pharrell do all the speaking when they accepted the award for Best Pop Duo/Group, Daft Punk did electronic music fans proud as they accepted the two biggest awards of the night: Record of the Year and Album of the Year. To top off the night, the world got to see Daft Punk perform on live TV for the first time in six years. Taking the stage with Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder, the duo got everyone from Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono to Beyonce and Jay-Z dancing in the aisles.
Now that the biggest award show in music is done for the year, it’ll be interesting to see who in electronic music can capitalize on Daft Punk’s success and keep the genre’s popularity growing. Zedd certainly has a good shot at it, but so do all of this year’s nominees. No matter who turns out to be the star of 2014, if electronic music has another year like it did in 2013, we’ll be seeing our favorite producers clean up next year too.
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