The 2019 Grammy Awards took place tonight. While this year, the academy made waves in the dance music community for nominating some unexpected but entirely deserving artists and songs, in the end, the industry mainstays took home the awards.
Mura Masa, who picked up a nomination for Dance/Electronic album of the year in 2018, finally took home some hardware in 2019 for best remix. His rework of ‘Walking Away’ beat out Cosmic Gate, CID, and Kaskade for the trophy. This comes as a bit of a surprise, but overall it is more than deserved.
In the category of best dance/electronic album, Justice took home the Grammy for Woman Worldwide. The French duo follows in the footsteps of Daft Punk who also brought home the award with a live album after scoring the win with Alive 2007 in 2009.
The win doesn’t come as much of a surprise, although I have to admit in my humble opinion, Jon Hopkins deserved the honor for his near perfect album, Singularity.
The competition was most fierce in this category with Porter Robinson, Silk City, FISHER, Disclosure and Above & Beyond being nominated. In the end, Diplo finally took home his own Grammy. I will be honest here though – this one was a surprise.
Above & Beyond’s gritty, gorgeous ballad celebrating the city of Detroit was the frontrunner in my mind. It offered a bit of everything. Porter Robinson’s ‘Ghost Voices’ under his Virtual Self alias was by far the fan favorite in the running, and FISHER’s ‘Losing It’ was the omnipresent SOTY.
Yet Diplo and Mark Ronson took home the hardware. This one does seem to not sit right based on the competition. That being said, ‘Electricity’ was a truly phenomenal tune that broke boundaries and entered the mainstream consciousness. Dua Lipa’s feature on the track no doubt helped it pull the honor as she celebrated the award for Best New Artist tonight as well.
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