As dance music experiences a radio renaissance, the Grammy race for Best Dance Recording has never been more competitive. Former nominees and newcomers will all try to groove their way into one of the category’s five available slots.
However, three past champs are missing from the race this year. Lady Gaga won the award in 2010 for “Poker Face” and has been nominated three years running. Yet, she submitted her works in the pop field. Britney Spears (“Toxic,” 2005) and Rihanna (“Only Girl in the World,” 2010) also won’t contend in the dance field.
The frontrunner in this pared down race is Swedish artist Robyn, who reaped her first Dance Recording nomination last year for “Dancing on My Own.” Her chart-topping dance hit “Call Your Girlfriend” should easily get her nominated again and is a serious threat to win.
Two years ago, David Guetta was nominated for his collaboration with Kelly Rowland on “When Love Takes Over.” Though he had teamings this year with superstars Usher (“Without You”) and Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida (“Where Them Girls At”), he submitted “Sunshine” which paired him with producer Avicii. The tune is from his latest album “Nothing But the Beat.”
LMFAO could score their first Dance Recording nod. They entered their smash hit “Party Rock Anthem” in the pop category, but they may get nominated here for “Champagne Showers” with Natalia Kills.
Duck Sauce‘s “Barbra Streisand” had a music video full of celebrity cameos. The catchy, repetitive tune was used on television’s “Glee” and should be considered a safe bet for a nomination.
“Hello” by Martin Sloveig and Dragonette climbed into the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the dance chart. The slow-burning track is definitely in the running.
Other hits waiting in the wings are “Mr. Saxobeat” by Alexandra Stan and “Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia.
The songs that will foot it into Best Dance Recording will be unveiled with the other Grammy nominees on Nov. 30.
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