A report a few weeks back suggested that traditional pop acts would not be eligible in the dance categories at next year's Grammy Award ceremony. In the past few years artists such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna have dominated these categories and organisers felt more "hardcore" acts should be included.
We woke up this morning to find Skrillex nominated in 5 different categories: Best Dance Recording (Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites), Best Dance/Electronica Album (Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites), Best Short Form Music Video (First of the Year (Equinox)), Best Remixed Recording (Cinema by Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go) and most surprising of them all, Best New Artist.
Joining him in three of those fields is Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a. deadmau5. He follows up his 2009 Best Remixed Recording nomination with his take on Foo Fighters' 'Rope'. He's also received nominations for Best Dance/Electronica Album with 4x4=12 and Best Dance Recording for 'Raise Your Weapon'.
Some other notable highlights include David Guetta and Avicii's 'Sunshine' and 'Save The World' by Swedish House Mafia, with both being nominated for Best Dance Recording. Afrojack also receives a nod for his remix of Leona Lewis' Avicii collaboration 'Collide'.
The ceremony takes place on 12th February 2012 in Los Angeles at the Staples Centre. It would be interesting to see if any of the artists mentioned above will perform live at the show; it would certainly be a huge milestone for Electronic Dance Music if they do.