Props to Skillrex & the long-awaited debut of live electronic music @ The Grammys
Congrats & massive props to Skillrex for a clean sweep of all 3 electronic music categories at the 54th Grammy Awards! Dubstep & electro-house in tha....... ummmm.... howse?!?!?
Also worth noting is the milestone of The Grammy Awards giving live electronic (dance) music a primetime slot. Thereby introducing the corporate-radio-fed masses to the likes of David Guetta & Deadmau5. May not sound like a big deal to some folks, but this is something that's been long overdue in America. The Grammy Awards.... love 'em or hate 'em...... are a bastion of mainstream music & culture in America. And prior to tonite, the artform of electronic dance music had never been given a proper stage during music's biggest night.
Think of it this way...... Kraftwerk debuted Autobahn in 1975, which was arguably the jumping off point for electronic music in America. From that point on, electronic music & all it's many sub-genres has faced an uphill battle in America to gain acceptance as a viable genre in the mainstream. But consider this..... NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) didn't even create an electronic music category until 2005!!! And even then, for many of the years since its creation, mainstream artists like Madonna or Lady GaGa beat out the likes of BT, Underworld, Depeche Mode, Oakenfold and many other true electronic mainstays when those awards were handed out.
And yes..... there have been 'electronic' artists such as Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones, & even the Pet Shop Boys who have performed at the Grammys before. But this is the first time since the Academy recognized electronic music as a category, that true up-and-coming and/or bona-fide artists who truly represent the genre have been given a spotlighted performance during the Primetime Telecast. And I couldn't be prouder!
I'm truly hoping that this is the start of more to come. Perhaps next year we'll get to see the likes of Depeche Mode, or BT, or Crystal Method or Prodigy...... or who knows...... mebbe even one of YOU!
The greater picture is that while NONE of this really matters in the greater scheme of things, for a small percentage of us, it's the door finally being opened after years of having it shut. For those of us who have been involved in the creation, production & promotion of electronic music for the past 20-plus years, this is a nice victory. I hope it's the first of many more to come.
Now........ back to more important things.
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