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A Recap of Electronic Music at the 2020 Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards can be a little overwhelming if it’s not your kind of entertainment. There’s controversy, an overwhelming amount of celebrities to keep track of, and categories for music you might have never heard of. The awards for 2020 have been won and now plenty of summaries are swirling around online, but electronic music seems to have been overshadowed by the ferocity of Billie Eilish’s victories (which included Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year, by the way). Not to worry, though. We’ve got you covered on exactly what went down, who won what, and why exactly Flume wore that suit.

Electronic Music is steadily becoming more relevant in mainstream culture and this year the categories for awards were Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album. For Best Dance Recording the nominees included Skrillex & Boys Noize with “Midnight Hour,” RÜFÜS DU SOL with “Underwater,” and The Chemical Brothers with “Got To Keep On.” Best Album nominees included Flume with his Hi This Is Flume mixtape, Solace by RÜFÜS DU SOL, and No Geography with The Chemical Brothers.

The Chemical Brothers took home both awards, which may at first be a head-scratcher for this generation’s electronic music fans. However, it’s important to note that when this legendary UK duo was first nominated in 1997, an electronic category didn’t even exist. When “Block Rockin’ Beats” was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, it finally delivered them and electronic music as a whole into the award spotlight. Without their work, electronic music might not stand the same chance it has today.

While there were no true hard feelings, Flume did take to social media with this cheeky caption. We still aren’t sure why he wore this suit, but it makes him a winner in our hearts.

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