Best Dance/Electronica Album
Steve Aoki released his first mix album back in 2008. Yet when most people think of electronica they only recognize Skrillex, DeadMau5 and Avicii. His newest album Wonderland has so many big names attached to it that it’s amazing he’s still so unknown. The album contains three different sub genres of Electonic dance music, so basically even if you only dabble in EDM there’s bound to be something you’d enjoy.
Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album
2 Chainz isn’t really new to the rap game, but a new record label, decision to go solo and name change makes his arrival feel new. He’s worked with Nicki Minaj and was featured on Kanye West’s “Mercy”, which accounts for two of his nominations. The third, however, is all his own. His new album Based on a T.R.U. Story is nominated for Best Rap Album. The lead single “No Lie” features Drake and demonstrates 2 Chainz clever punch lines over a fiery beat.
Best R&B Performance
Luke James seems to have appeared out of nowhere, but turns out that he’s simply been waiting for his time. He’s already written songs for Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Chris Brown and appeared in Beyonce’s “Run the World” video. His organic soulful sound has earned him a growing fan base and he’s a breath of fresh air to the R&B genre with his honest lyrics and radiant falsetto.
The Black Keys
Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Record of the Year, Best Rock album and Album of the Year
The Black Keys are likely the most known of the unknowns. They’ve got five nominations and are starting to gain recognition, but not as much as they deserve. Despite the fact that they’ve been around since 2001 people are just now learning about them. Their sometimes psychedelic Blues-rock sound and love for lo-fi recording gives this duo their unique sound. “Lonely Boy” is on their Seventh (YES SEVENTH!) album El Camino and demonstrates why they are definitely worth learning more about.
Best Dance Recording
The biggest WTF moment of the Grammy’s comes from the Nomination of Al Walser. This guy is getting a ton of media attention in all the wrong ways. His German Eurodance group, Fun Factory, got pretty big in Europe and Asia — but there’s confusion as to how he was nominated alongside talent like Avicii, Calvin Harris and Skrillex. Supposedly he used networking skills, if you can call shameless self promotion that, to get some Grammy nominating and voting members to vote for him. So while the dance music version of Rebecca Black is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame, artists like David Guetta are sitting on the side hoping for a nomination next year.
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