Like it or not, the Grammy Awards are the go-to litmus test of whats going on in mainstream popular music. However, when it comes to more niche genres, they are often way off the mark (especially when giving those genres proper credit in the 'overall' nominations - best album, best new artist, etc.).
It looks like the Grammys have done their EDM homework this year, as the dance nominations look fairly reflective of the general landscape of EDM culture, with Daft Punk, Disclosure, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Zedd, Duke Dumont and Armin Van Buuren all gaining nominations. London Beatsmith James Blake even landed a nomination for 'Best New Artist'.
Daft Punk also landed nods for 'Album of The Year' and 'Best Dance/Electronica Album', which, according to Billboard, is the first time an EDM album is represented in both categories for a single year.
Two of electronic dance music's most polarizing acts, dance-gone-country Avicii and the power-party trio Krewella, did not secure nominations.
You can read the full nomination list on Grammy.com. The Grammy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 26th 2014.
Here are the dance music nominations-
Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Settle — Disclosure
18 Months — Calvin Harris
Atmosphere — Kaskade
A Color Map Of The Sun — Pretty Lights
Best Dance Recording
"Need U (100%)" -- Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK
"Sweet Nothing" -- Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch
"Atmosphere" -- Kaskade
"This Is What It Feels Like" -- Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie
"Clarity" -- Zedd Featuring Foxes