Had David Guetta‘s “Nothing But The Beat” been more acclaimed, we would have an easy frontrunner in the Best Dance/Electronic Album race. The album’s single “Without You” featuring Usher broke into the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 and another track, “Sunshine,” contends for Best Dance Recording. But critics simply did not like this album, which may hold Grammy voters back.
The easy alternative is Robyn‘s “Body Talk Pt. 3.” However, the album is more a greatest hits collection than an original recording, and includes tracks from “Pt. 1” and “Pt 2.” Both of those discs were eligible in this category last year, but were snubbed. Nevertheless, the album is the frontrunner to win as it was well-received and includes Grammy-nominated tracks “Dancing on My Own” and “Call Your Girlfriend.”
Scoring surprising nominations for Best New Artist and Dance Recording, DJ Skrillex‘s EP “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” could be part of a sweep if Grammy voters love him as much as it seems they do. He has stiff competition this year, but may become a future Grammy favorite.
Both Deadmau5‘s album “4×4=12” and the track “Raise Your Weapon” got Grammy nominations this year. While beloved by the dance community, it would be unprecedented if he won. His album is very light vocally and winners have featured strong vocalists.
The Australian electronic band Cut Copy reaped a bid for “Zonoscope” but without a nomination for Best Dance Recording they are doomed. No album has won this category without being represented in that one.