Skrillex Intro’s EDM at the 2013 Grammy

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The 2013 Grammys pre-telecast is unfolding live at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. That’s where the major awards for dance music are handed out, before it’s over to the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift and The Black Keys in the main event. ‘Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical’ was the first category called, and it featured Axwell’s ubiquitous take on In My Mind from local stars Ivan Gough &Feenixpawl and the Tommy Trash remix of The Veldt. However, it was Skrillex’s remix of Nero’sPromises that took out the prize.

In the Best Dance Recording category, it was a contest between AviciiCalvin Harris, Skrillex,Swedish House Mafia and…Al Walser, the unknown act who somehow crashed the nominees list and has turned up to the Grammys dressed as an astronaut. Again, the gong went to Skrillex.

Skrillex has also won ‘Best Dance/Electronica Album’, with Bangarang, pipping Kaskade’s Fire & Ice,Deadmau5’s >album title goes here<Steve Aoki’s Wonderland and the Chemical Brothers live album Don’t Think. In his acceptance speech, the producer invited up his OWSLA family to the stage, including Alvin Risk and Kill The Noise.

It was a case of dance music déjà vu for the Grammys. In 2012, Skrillex was again the star of the dance acts, winning the same swag of statuettes – Best Remixed Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Dance Recording – before the telecast had even begun. “Just the nominations are enough for me. I’d like to say for the EDM community: It’s your guys’ nomination, not mine,” he said at the time. “Everyone who’s been doing it before and everyone who will come out of their bedrooms after me, it’s yours.” The divisive producer also name-checked Croydon, home to dubstep’s spiritual home Big Apple Records, in one of his acceptance speeches.

At the 2013 Grammys ceremony, there won’t be a repeat of last year’s ‘EDM’ segment, which featured David Guetta and a couple of his American friends Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, followed by the live ‘remix’ of Foo Fighters’ Rope, which saw Deadmau5 atop his Rubik’s Cube. There is, however, a special joint performance from Travis Barker, Chuck D, LL Cool J, Tom Morello and Z-Trip.

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Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

WINNER: Nero – Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl – In My Mind (Axwell Remix)
Moby – Lie Down In Darkness (Photek Remix)
M83 – Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)
Deadmau5 – The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix)

Best Dance Recording

WINNER: Skrillex – Bangarang
Avicii – Levels
Calvin Harris – Let’s Go
Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child
Al Walser – I Can’t Live Without You

Best Dance/Electronica Album

WINNER: Skrillex – Bangarang
Steve Aoki – Wonderland
The Chemical Brothers – Don’t Think
Deadmau5 – >album title goes here<
Kaskade – Fire & Ice