Grammy race for Best Electronic/Dance Album is wide open

No clear frontrunner has emerged in this year’s Best Electronic/Dance Album field with Lady Gaga — who won this category in 2010 for “The Fame” — opting to contend only in the pop field with her latest disc “Born This Way.”

Past nominee David Guetta has recently found mainstream success on radio with tracks from “Nothing But the Beat.” He has a current top ten hit with Usher titled “Without You.” However, the disc received mixed to negative reviews and may lack the traction to prevail. 

British group Metronomy could break through with “The English Riviera.” They recently competed for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Last year’s winner for Best Electronic/Dance Album, La Roux, benefited from being shortlisted for the Mercury Prize ahead of the Grammys.

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Swedish recording artist Robyn likely split votes last year when she submitted both “Body Talk Pt. 1” and “Body Talk Pt. 2.” She faces less stiff competition this year and her “Body Talk Pt. 3” is well-liked enough to be a threat not just for a nomination, but a win. Her #1 dance hit “Call Your Girlfriend” is also a serious threat in the Best Dance Recording contest.

With so few famous names in this year’s race, expect to see some first-time contenders when nominations are announced Nov. 30. Cut Copy (“Zonoscope”), Digitalism (“I Love You, Dude”), and Ladytron (“Gravity the Seducer”) are all in the mix.

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