While the internet continues to bow under the weight of Kanye’s latest whoopsie at Sunday night’s GRAMMY Awards, we’re still pretty impressed that Aphex Twin picked up best album.
But the Cornish sound-scientist is far from the first well-deserved GRAMMY winner. Here’s a round-up of other genuinely salutable award winners over the years. Spoiler: Daft Punk are mentioned several times!
2015 Aphex Twin – Syro. Best Dance/Electronic Album
Worthy recipient of the award – a standout name within the mainstream nominees at this year’s awards, but was he ever going to be there to collect it? With his first studio album for 13 years, we felt Syro was fully deserving of the award.
2015: Pentatonix – Daft Punk. Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
The six-piece a cappella group covered a selection of Daft Punk classics in their 5 minute video to scoop the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella award this year. The homage to the dance music’s legends beat band and orchestral arrangements also nominated!
2014: Daft Punk – Random Access memories. Album Of The Year & Best Dance/Electronic Album
Daft Punk and Grammys almost go hand in hand, but there’s no room in their hands, it’s full of Grammys…anyway, 2014 was another huge year for the French funk veterans. The pair took three awards including Album Of The Year, the first electronic/dance act to do so, Best Dance/Electronic Album (naturally) and also won Best Engineered Non-Classical Album too.
2012: Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. Best Dance Recording & Best Dance/Electronic Album
This was the first of a consecutive sweep for the Canadian in the Best Electronic Album category – the first person to do this since the categories creation in 2005! With the title track catching the Best Dance award.
2011: La Roux – La Roux. Best Dance/Electronic Album
La Roux came out as a surprise winner in the 2011 awards beating Groove Armada & Chemical Brothers to the prize. Bulletproof and In For The Kill helped her secure the top prize and came complete with stellar remixes from Skream and Skrillex.
2009: Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger. Best Dance Recording
Okay I know they’re back in the list but this Grammy win was interesting considering this was originally released in 2001. Released as a live version in 2007, it eventually won this award win in 2009, proving their supreme dominance in the electronic dance and popular music scene. Daft Punk also won Best Electronic/Dance Album (again) with Alive 2007 this year as well.
2008: MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix) Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical
Adding a sleazy Parisian electro vaneer to MGMT’s now-classic Electric Feel, Justice were picking up the gold early in their hugely influential career. Interesting fact: in 2008 Deadmau5 was also nominated in this category… For a remix of himself!
2007: Coldplay – Talk (Thin White Duke Remix). Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical
An exercise in how to make Coldplay sound good. Stuart Price (also known as Jacques Lu Cont) smashed this remix.
2006: Chemical Brothers – Galvanize. Best Dance Recording
Massive track from the legendary dance duo. Alongside The Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim and more The Chemical Brothers have helped bring the big beat genre to the forefront. Deservedly winning a Grammy for this classic; Galvanize.
2005: Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash. Best Dance/Electronic Album
GRAMMY history! This was the first time this award was given… And UK fusionists Basement Jaxx took the gold. 10 years later the category is stronger than ever.