Best Dance Recording
Avicii – “Levels” (Interscope)
Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo – “Let’s Go” (Ultra Music)
Skrillex ft Sirah – “Bangarang” (Big Beat/Atlantic)
Swedish House Mafia ft John Martin – “Don’t You Worry Child” (Astralwerks)
Al Walser – “I Can’t Live Without You” (Cut the Bull)
I am going to steal a quote from Chicago producer/DJ Dani Deahl – “we’ve been Rick-Rolled.” Al Walser? His nomination for Best Dance Recording is so wrong that it is offensive. Mind you, I am a big fan of europop and even loved Fun Factory back in the 90s (the band that Al Walser was part of). “I Can’t Live Without You” is one of the worst songs I have ever heard and has no place in this category, much less receiving a Grammy nomination. Its inclusion is inappropriate? and I challenge you to find any DJ or EDM lover who supported this record in any way this year. Heck, I wonder if anyone had even heard of this record before it got the nomination. Al Walser runs Cut The Bull entertainment, a company similar to Ark Music Factory (which was behind Rebecca Black’s “Friday”).? Spin Magazine showcased his site, which accepts money for artist consultations. Speaking to people in the industry confirmed my suspicion that he is quite well-connected (and probably a member of the nominating committee.) It’s incredible that the Grammy committee would nominate such an inappropriate record and it is a slap in the face to every fan of electronic dance music.