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GREIN ON GRAMMYS, GENRE BY GENRE

By Grammy Whisperer Paul Grein

 
 Today, in the latest installment of our series previewing key Grammy races, our Grammy seer looks at Best Dance/Electronic Music Album.
 
 
Best Dance/Electronic Music Album
 Skrillex
, who won back-to-back awards in this category with a pair of EPs, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites and Bangarang, will probably be back in the running with his first full-length album, Recess. If he wins again, he’ll become the first act to take this award three times since it was introduced in 2004. He’s currently tied with The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, with two wins each.
 
 Deadmau5, The Crystal Method and Kaskade were all nominated in this category with their two most recent albums. That bodes well for Deadmau5’s seventh studio album, While (1<2); The Crystal Method’s fifth studio album, The Crystal Method; and Kaskade’s EP Redux.

 

 Martin Garrix
’s first EP, Gold Skies, is another likely nominee. "Animals," an instrumental hit by the Dutch DJ/producer, topped the dance club play chart and reached the top 30 on the pop chart. The track was nominated for the MTV Clubland Award at the VMAs.
 
 Clean Bandit’s debut album, New Eyes, spawned the international hit "Rather Be" (featuring Jess Glynne). The song topped the U.K. chart for four weeks in February and crossed the pond to hit #1 on the U.S. dance airplay chart and the top 10 on the U.S. pop chart.
 
 Three other albums spawned #1 hits on the dance-club play or airplay charts and thus have a good chance here. Tiesto’s fifth studio album, A Town Called Paradise, gave us "Red Lights." Basement Jaxx’s seventh album, Junto, spawned "Never Say Never." Royksopp & Robyn’s collabo EP Do It Again yielded the title track. Robyn has been nominated twice in this category; Tiesto, once.
 
 

Steve Aoki
was a finalist in this category for his 2012 debut album, Wonderland, which bodes well for his sophomore album, Neon Future I. Aoki’s album spawned a chart hit, "Delirious (Boneless)," a collaboration with Chris Lake and Tujamo, featuring Kid Ink.
 
 Cut Copy was nominated for its most recent album, Zonoscope, which is a good sign for its fourth studio album, Free Your Mind.
 
 Duck Sauce’s first full-length album, Quack, also has a shot. The album includes the DJ duo’s left-field 2010 hit, "Barbra Streisand," which received a nomination for Best Dance Recording.
 
 And don’t forget RuPaul’s sixth studio album, Born Naked. Neil Portnow was also born naked, but try not to think about that.
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