Philip Sherburne On The Grammys: "Let's Thank Al Walser One Last Time Before We Forget His Name Forever…"

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Philip Sherburne On The Grammys: "Let's Thank Al Walser One Last Time Before We Forget His Name Forever…"

First off, how can you not love a headline like: "EDM Is Dead, Long Live EDM!" It got me to read Philip Sherburne's recap about this year's Grammys. I think I watched like 30 second of the show. And I only allotted that much time due to my girl yelling at me for 5 minutes to come here and watch. Maybe one day I'll give it more attention, but first they've gotta get their credibility in order. A good first step would be not nominate people like Al Walser. Apparently dude showed up wearing a space suit carrying a flag with his name on it. Funny that someone nominated for a Grammy (you know, the most popular of popular) needs to wear a name tag in order to be recognized.

Skrillex was the big winner last night. Here's Philip Sherburne on Skrillex compared his competitors in the Best Dance Recording category:

Avicii's a one-hit wonder whose "Levels" has long overstayed its welcome. Calvin Harris knows his way around a hook, but his Ne-Yo-fronted "Let's Go" really should have been nominated in a pop category. Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child" combines bombast and bathos in a way that exemplifies the very worst of Vegas-style EDM and pop, their devil's handshake creating a pernicious byproduct in the way that cocaine and alcohol combine in the bloodstream to manufacture a distinct super-toxin. From their fingers-in-the-air poses to their interminable "farewell tour" — seriously, aren't they done yet? — no artist better exemplifies the self-important hubris of big-ticket EDM these days.

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