2012 Grammy nominations Surprises & Snubs: Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Bon Iver
What's up with the Skrillex nominations? How did Drake make the list?
This marks the first time that a DJ has made it into the Best New Artist category, which is an enormous step forward for electronic artists... but an awkward one simultaneously. Skrillex is the biggest name in dubstep, a category of dance music that snuck its way into the mainstream this year, with Mr. Sonny Moore remixing popular tracks from acts like Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga. Five nods seems to congratulate a trend and a rabid live performer rather than the tracks and album ("Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites") -- an album, by the way, that contains nine songs, three of which are remixes of one song, and two remixes of another. (And I hate to say this, but an EP from Robyn is not an album. Wait 'til next year so you can put the whole "Body Talk" on there, Academy. Force "Call Your Girlfriend" into other categories.) -KH