Did the 2013 Grammy Awards Show Snub EDM?

Music

/ February 11, 2013

Last night was a triumphant occasion for the alternative rock genre with artists such as the Black Keys and Mumford & Sons coming out on top – one band took home four of those golden phonographs while the other claimed rights to the highly coveted “album of the year” title.

Even pop and rap categories had their spotlight moments when Adele became the first woman since Barbara Streisand to win the award for best pop solo performance two years in a row, and Kanye West and Jay-Z won three Grammys to their for their chart-topping collaborations, “Watch the Throne” and “N*ggas in Paris”.

And while these awards were justly given, we can’t help but think that the dance genre may have been slightly snubbed at this year’s Grammys, especially considering last year’s tribute to EDM that included special performances by deadmau5 and Skrillex.

These sentiments are best summed up by an article written in the New York Times:
“Still, the nominations for the top four awards seemed to ignore what many in the music industry saw as the biggest trend last year — the continuing growth of electronic dance music as a genre and the influence of its heavily mechanized and computer-generated sounds on Top 40 pop songs. None of those artists — Skrillex, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia — were nominated in the top four categories, though all were on the list for best dance or electronica album.”

Now VIBE wants to hear what you have to say on the subject. Do you think dance music received enough recognition at this year’s Grammys? Comment below.