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The Grammys And Dance Music: A Long, Awkward Pas De Deux

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' from its long-awaited new album 'Random Access Memories' was one of the biggest hits of 2013. Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" from its long-awaited new album 'Random Access Memories' was one of the biggest hits of 2013.

Daft Punk is no stranger to the Grammys. Since 1998, the French electronic duo has been nominated 13 times, and, five years ago, they won the awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Electronic/Dance Album. But this year, Daft Punk's 2013 megahit Random Access Memories managed to break into what’s known as the “Big Four” categories -- making the group the first electronic group to ever be nominated for Album of the Year.

Chris Weingarten, music editor at Rolling Stone, joins us to explain the significance of this nomination within the dance music community. Plus, he walks us through the Grammys' long and rather awkward history with dance music -- from the ill-fated 1980 "Best Disco Recording" category, to the nomination of a song from the Space Jam soundtrack for "Best Dance Recording" in 1998, to Skrillex's non-televised acceptances of three awards last year. 



Chris Weingarten

Comments [3]

Carmen from NY

Chris Weingarten came off as a complete buffoon in this interview with his notion of "fake authenticity" and bands needing to be officially labeled as "EDM" or dance to be considered in such categories. I give credit to Schaefer for actually calling him out on his nonsense and silencing Weingarten for a moment, albeit brief. The fact that he is the music editor (!?) at RS only cements the notion that that publication has become obsolete in its assessments of music and culture.

Feb. 05 2014 01:22 PM
Cliff from Jersey City

I also found Chris Weingarten obnoxious. His argument against people with actual musical skills holds no merit.

Jan. 26 2014 01:45 PM
Alan from Brooklyn

I love your show. Listen to it very, very often. Chris Weingarten's voice, inane comments, and snide attitude about people with talent or authenticity not trumping ... pop-ness or whatever it was he was arguing for, all conspired to make me have to turn off the radio. Sorry. I'll turn it back on as soon as I know he's off the air.

Jan. 23 2014 09:28 PM

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