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Skrillex Sweeps EDM Grammys

Skrillex continued to raise the bar for electronic music excellence at the Grammys, sweeping all three EDM categories for the second year in a row. His song ‘Bangerang’ took in the Best Dance Recording of the year and his album by the same name won Best Dance/Electronica Album of the year. Not only that, but his remix with Nero, ‘Promises’ took Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, which is ultimately another EDM award.

Sonny Moore, more popularly known as Skrillex, has to beat out EDM heavy weights like Eric Prydz, Tommy Trash and Axwell in best remix, Kaskade, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5 for Best Album. Swedish House Mafia added to the competition for best dance tune with ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ along with instant classics like Avicii’s trademark ‘Levels‘, Calvin Harris’s radio hit ‘Let’s Go’.

Skrillex – Bangarang [Official Video]

All of these awards came before the start of the official telecast of the Grammys. Skrillex is now 6 for 8 all time in his Grammy nominations, a pretty solid percentage if you want my expert opinion.

Kaskade, who was up for the Best Dance/Electronic album, was pretty pumped about the attention that EDM was starting to get in the recording academy.

“We’ve got three categories this year, and the academy is making an effort to include us,” he said in after pre-telecast events. “In years past, the best electronic albums were Rihanna and a lot of pop stuff. Now, they’ve got it really figured out… It’s a well-oiled machine.”

Trust me, Mr. Ryan Raddon, us EDM fans are just as excited as you to see the genre gaining steam!

A notable story line of the night for EDM insiders was Al Walser’s rise to the Grammy sphere. Showing up shamelessly in an astronaut suit, the Swiss-born producer warranted a lot of attention after his generally unknown single, ‘I Can’t Live Without You’, was nominated for Best Dance Track of the Year, not to mention its noticeable rip from Zedd‘s ‘Spectrum’, which wasn’t nominated.

There was a distinct pin drop silence during the announcement of Al Walser’s nomination for best dance track.

Either way, Skrillex’s victories were vindication for some monumental EDM stars, along with some other rather entertaining tweets from the genre’s hotshots.

A review of all the awards is listed below:


Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Skrillex, producer; Skrillex, mixer
Track from: Bangarang
Label: OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic

Tim Bergling & Ash Pournouri, producers; Tim Bergling, mixer
Label: Levels/Atom Empire/Interscope

Let’s Go
Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
Calvin Harris, producer; Calvin Harris, mixer
Label: Ultra Music

Don’t You Worry Child
Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
Steve Angello, Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, producers; Steve Angello, Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, mixers
Label: Astralwerks

I Can’t Live Without You
Al Walser
Al Walser, producer; Al Walser, mixer
Label: Cut The Bull Entertainment


Label: OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic

Steve Aoki
Label: Ultra Music/ Dim Mak

Don’t Think
The Chemical Brothers
Label: Astralwerks

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Label: Mau5trap Recordings/Ultra Music

Fire & Ice
Label: Ultra Music


Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)-WINNER
Skrillex, remixer (Nero)
Joseph Ray, Skrillex & Daniel Stephens, remixers
Label: Cherry Tree/Interscope

In My Mind (Axwell Remix)
Axel Hedfors, remixer (Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Featuring Georgi Kay)
Label: Neon Records/Axtone/Big Beat Records<

Lie Down In Darkness (Photek Remix)
Photek, remixer (Moby)
Track from: Destroyed Remixed
Label: Little Idiot

Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)
Eric Prydz, remixer (M83)
Label: Mute

The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix)
Thomas Olsen, remixer (Deadmau5 Featuring Chris James)
Label: Ultra Music

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