The 2019 Grammy Awards have come and gone, but not without its surmounting controversies. It seems that major award shows of any type are gathering up more and more public protest heat from the growing field of politically-minded, vocally empowered artists like Ariana Grande. She won her first Oscar, despite choosing to stay at home for being “creatively stifled” by Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich. But all that is neither here nor there. What we care about is electronic music.
Among the towering list of Grammy Awards categories sits the two at the electronic end of the genre continuum: Best Dance/Electronic Album & Best Dance Recording. French electronic duo Justice took home the prestigious award for Best Dance/Electronic Album with their 2018 Woman Worldwide LP. Past winners have included Skrillex for his Bangarang LP, Daft Punk for Random Access Memories, Aphex Twin, Jack Ü, Flume, and Kraftwerk.
Additionally, Diplo and Mark Ronson’s new duetted project, Silk City, won in the Best Dance Recording category for their hot summer jam, “Electricity,” featuring Dua Lipa. Dating back to 1998, the category has historically been dominated by the pop stars — from Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears to Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland. As “EDM” has come to stand more commercially on its own two feet over the years, winners like Zedd‘s “Clarity,” The Chainsmokers‘ “Don’t Let Me Down,” and LCD Soundsystem‘s “Tonite” have taken home the golden phonograph.
And while the two categories do not make the televised portion of the Grammys, dance music did make a primetime appearance in Dua Lipa’s performance of “One Kiss.” Although Calvin Harris was not able to attend, St. Vincent did join the 2019 Best New Artist on stage. Avicii was also included in the Memoriam section of the show.