Even though the GRAMMYs has existed for 50+ years, it wasn’t until 1979 that dance music was recognized as a separate genre when Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” was honored as the Best Disco Recording. One ceremony later, danceable records went back to being placed in mostly pop and R&B categories. It wasn’t until Madonna made a huge splash with 1998’s electronica-infused Ray of Light that NARAS continued their acknowledgment of dance.
This year’s submissions for Best Dance Recording feature two of the most successful songs of the eligibility period: “Boom Boom Pow” (The Black Eyed Peas) and “Poker Face” (Lady Gaga). They are shoe-ins for obvious reasons. While Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group would seem like a better fit for “BBP”, it is just as competitive here.
Predicting the remaining nominees is a little more tricky but I think they will consist of “Evacuate the Dancefloor” (Cascada), “When Love Takes Over” (David Guetta & Kelly Rowland), “My Delirium” (Ladyhawke) and “Womanizer” (Britney Spears). With that being said, watch out for tracks by Whitney Houston and Madonna to sneak in there.
In Best Dance/Electronic Album, the entries are not as plentiful but it really doesn’t matter with Lady Gaga’s The Fame in contention along with the Pet Shop Boys’ latest effort (who seem to get nodded with every release). It was a very wise decision for Gaga’s material to be placed here because Best Pop Vocal Album is usually very competitive with artists who are more universally respected. Factor in breakthrough artists David Guetta (One Love) and Major Lazer (Guns Don’t Kill Me… Lazers Do) and you have the likely outcome of the album category.
Best Dance Recording
Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow”
Cascada, “Evacuate the Dancefloor”
David Guetta & Kelly Rowland, “When Love Takes Over”
Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”
Ladyhawke, “My Delirium”
Britney Spears, “Womanizer”
Best Dance/Electronic Album
David Guetta, One Love
Lady Gaga, The Fame
Major Lazer, Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do
Pet Shop Boys, Yes