What a difference a year makes. Last year, Swedish sensation Robyn received her first Best Dance Recording Grammy bid for “Dancing on My Own.” She lost to Rihanna (“Only Girl in the World”) but is back in this year’s race as the frontrunner for “Call Your Girlfriend.” The pulsing track from her nominated album “Body Talk Pt. 3” became her first song to top the Billboard dance chart.
Duck Sauce‘s joyful disco ode to “Barbra Streisand” has had one of the highest profiles of any dance song in the past year. Along with topping the Billboard dance chart and hitting #89 on the Hot 100, the track also was used on an episode of TV’s “Glee.” Kanye West and Pharrell Williams are among those to cameo in the song’s music video. All that exposure might propel Duck Sauce to a win.
“Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia not only topped the Billboard dance chart, it also made its way to #36 on the Mainstream Top 40 list. The track is their follow-up to the successful “Miami 2 Ibiza.” Their tune is a possible spoiler.
But then don’t count Skrillex out of this race either. The dubstep DJ reaped five Grammy bids, including a surprise Best New Artist nod. He contends here with the track “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” Th album of the same name is also in contention and that makes this exuberant tune a definite contender.
Deadmau5 and Greta Svabo Bech‘s “Raise Your Weapon” is off the Grammy-nominated album “4×4=12.” The single is a hit among the growing number of Deadmau5 fans, but has yet to gain favor on airplay charts. This Grammy has always gone to a song with a higher profile.
DJs David Guetta and Avicii contend for “Sunshine” off Guetta’s nominated album “Nothing But the Beat.” Guetta was previously nominated for his 2009 dance ditty “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland. Guetta and Avicii are forces in the dance community, yet this track does not seem like a Grammy-winning collaboration considering some of the heavier hitters cited this year. It also is absent vocals, something that’s not true of any previous Best Dance Recording winner.
Take a listen to the nominees below.