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The International Dance Music Awards Nominees Include Diplo, Kaskade, Avicii

The 31st Annual International Dance Music Awards nominees have been announced. The award ceremony for this year’s event is scheduled for March 21 The Shelborne Wyndham Grand over the course of Miami’s Winter Music Conference week. The highly anticipated show usually receives around 2 million votes each year from 209 countries around the world. Take a look at some of the 57 categories this year has to offer.


Best R&B/Urban Dance Track

Bitch Better Have My Money – Rihanna

Burnitup! Feat. Missy Elliot – Janet Jackson

Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Follow Me – Hardwell Feat. Jason Derulo

Hey Mama Feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack – David Guetta

Higher Place Feat. Ne-Yo – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Hotline Bling – Drake

The Hills – The Weeknd

Leading the nominations with two number one tracks, The Weeknd have a very good chance of taking the award home for this category. The underdog for this category is, surprisingly, Hardwell with his collaboration with Jason Derulo. Derulo’s vocals are top notch in this infectious dance track and Hardwell’s signature sound comes out full blast. But with heavyweights like Rihanna and Drake competing for the award, it really is anyone’s game.


Best Full Length Studio Recording

Automatic – Kaskade

Caracal – Disclosure

Embrace – Armin van Buuren

Listen – David Guetta

Peace is the Mission -Major Lazer

Pharmacy – Galantis

Rebel Heart – Madonna

Stories – Avicii

2015 was a very big year for music so I cannot even imagine how hard it was to dwindle this list to just 8 nominees. While there are some suprising albums that were not included (Jack Ü’s self-titled album exploded this year), overall the final list is packed with some amazing albums. It seems like everything Diplo touches turns into gold and Major Lazer’s album is no exception. With over 1.23 billion views on Youtube, “Lean On” was arguably the biggest dance track this year giving Major Lazer a very good shot on taking this award home with them. On the otherhand, radio and festival’s beloved Avicii returned with a very solid album this year that included hits like “The Nights” and “The Days”. The debut album for the Swedish electronic duo, Galantis, produced wonders like “Gold Dust, “Peanut Butter Jelly” and the iconic “Runaway (You & I)” which may give the favored winners a run for their money.

Best Global DJ

Armin van Buuren


Calvin Harris

Carl Cox



Martin Garrix

Oliver Heldens



Honestly, this category is a tossup. Any one of these guys can take home the award and I wouldn’t be upset. Coming off two Grammy wins this year, Diplo has firmly established himself in the world of music and may be the one to beat this year But with former DJs of the year Hardwell and Tiësto, it’s anyone’s game.  They all deserve the award in my book so it will come down to which fans vote the most.

Voting ends on March 2nd so don’t forget to vote for your favorites here.

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