Last night LA’s Staples Center played host to the 58th Annual Grammy Awards where the widest world of music united to celebrate the best in their field.
From classical to contemporary and everything in between, 83 trophies are awarded throughout the ceremony: three of those are dedicated to electronic music… And last night two of those three were picked up by the same men: Skrillex and Diplo AKA Jack U.
Firstly, though, Best Remix (Non Classical)… LA’s Dave Aude, who’s been nominated for Grammys in the past, took the gold for his chunky, filter-flecked twist of Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk (the original of which scooped up the gold standard Grammy trophy: Record Of The Year)
The main electronic story of the Grammys was, of course, Jack U: Skrillex and Diplo won Best Dance / Electronic Album with Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack U (beating Chemical Brothers, Caribou, Jamie xx and Disclosure) and Best Dance Recording with Justin Bieber for Where Are U Now (beating Above & Beyond, Galantis, Chemical Brothers and Flying Lotus) which they also performed live with an all star line-up: joining Skrillex on guitar and Diplo on keyboard were Jon Theodore from Queens Of The Stone Age on drums, Incubus’s Mike Einziger on additional percussion and keys and string players Tina Guo, Ann Marie Simpson and Abigail Rose. Here’s the audio from last night…
Props all round: to the winners, the nominees and Skrillex who is now officially the most Grammy-laden man in electronic music. Previously running point with Daft Punk in the award stakes, after last night his Grammy tally now clocks at an unprecedented eight trophies. He’s also picked them up a lot quicker, too. Daft Punk have been collecting Grammys since 2009 while the OWSLA boss’s first Grammys were awarded in 2012. Unparalleled.