Clean Bandit has the best dance recording?
While the 2015 Sam Smith Awards (previously known as the Grammy Awards) dished out a ton of gold to a somewhat controversial artist, EDM remained largely in the shadows. Maybe it's just not big enough yet...
It's not just that the awards have no intention on going hard, they seemed totally removed from the times. The "best dance recording" went to Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" which is apparently dance music because it has a four-to-the-floor kick drum. Not to be confused with the trap-infused hip hop in Katy Perry's "pop performance." And certainly not to be confused with Miley Cyrus' "pop vocals" on "Bangerz."
Also confusing is how Disclosure's "F For You" was nominated as this year's "best dance recording" after the album it came from, Settle, was nominated last year. Neither won by the way, and despite the apparent love for Sam Smith, "Latch" was never nominated at all. Now consider that Sam Smith recently said in a Grammy interview that...
"The response and the effect that 'Latch' has had, has been 20 times more [than my singles that went to #1 in the UK]." -Sam Smith
And while deadmau5 has been nominated six times now with his latest While (1<2), he has yet to win. You can't complain about losing to Aphex Twin, and he was the first to admit it on Twitter, but maybe it shouldn't be surprising that Aphex Twin didn't even show up to collect the award. Mat Zo was apparently "relieved" it wasn't him, sneaking in this note on Twitter as noted by Beatport:
Zo added that Aphex Twin deserved it while also calling out another winner for "at least giving his ghost producer a mention." It's unclear who exactly Zo was referring to in that case.
EDM wasn't completely absent of course. Duke Dumont was nominated once again. He appears to be one of the few artists the Grammy community has heard of (fair to Duke, just not to others). And "Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix" of John Legend's "All Of Me" did win the "best remixed recording, non-classical" record this year. I'm assuming you can think of something better?
As it turns out, the Grammy Awards were missing far more than Aphex Twin. (Full list of "electronic" winners below.)
Maybe next year Porter... after your album is over a year old.
Here is the list of electronic winners (nominees here):
Best Dance Recording - "Rather Be" Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
Best Dance/Electronic Album - Syro Aphex Twin
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical - "All Of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treatment Remix)" John Legend