It’s that time of the year again: The nominations for the Grammy Awards have been officially revealed and as always, they’re the subject of heated debates. Especially a few certain nominations have already caused quite a pandemonium: Apart from Katy Perry, Rihanna and all the other usual suspects, this year’s list of nominations for the Grammy Awards holds quite a few surprises.
Sonny Moore, better known as Skrillex, has always polarized opinions. There has never been an “in between” thing – people either loved his music or hated it. Either way, that guy from Los Angeles with the big glasses and the sidecut hair has managed to build an incredible hype around everything he has been doing in the past year that is almost without equal. And while a lot of people have obviously already entered into a prosaic post-hype stadium (Is Skrillex the most hated man in Dubstep? – Guardian), The National Academy Of Records Arts & Sciences has decided to nominate Skrillex for five (yes, you read that right!) Grammy awards.
For those of you who don’t feel like going through 49 pages of nominations, I’ll just quickly sum it up here: Skrillex has been nominated for “Best New Artist” (alongside Bon Iver and others), “Best Dance Recording” and “Best Dance/Electronica Album” for Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites, “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” for his remix of Benny Benassi’s Cinema and ”Best Short Form Music Video” for First Of The Year (Equinox).
Another big name of the electronic dance music scene can be found in the list of nominations, this time rather a veteran than a newcomer, though: Deadmau5 has been nominated for “Best Dance Recording” for Raise Your Weapon with Greta Svabo Bech (also nominated: Duck Sauce, Avicii, David Guetta, Robyn, Skrillex), “Best Dance/Electronica Album” for 4 x 4 = 12 and ”Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” for his remix of the Foo Fighter’s Rope.
Other interesting nominations include Daft Punk as composers of the Tron Legacy soundtrack in “Best Score For Visual Media” as well as Foster The People and Adele, both nominated for various awards. Of course there are lots of other amazing artists nominated, so if you’re interested in looking them all up in detail, here’s the official Final Nominations List.