Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording
|Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording|
|Awarded for||quality vocal or instrumental dance music performances|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
The Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for works containing quality vocal performances in the dance music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".
The award for Best Dance Recording was first presented to Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder in 1998 for the song "Carry On". In 2003, the Academy moved the category from the "Pop" field into a new "Dance" field, which currently contains the category Best Electronica/Dance Album as well. According to the Academy, the award is designated for solo, duo, group or collaborative performances (vocal or instrumental), and is limited to singles or tracks only. Award recipients have often included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.
Skrillex and Justin Timberlake are the only artists to win the award more than once, with a total of two. Since its inception, American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians or groups originating from the United Kingdom twice, and from Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, France, and Italy once. Madonna holds the record for the most nominations, with five. Gloria Estefan holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with three.
Though she was not the first to suggest that the genre be recognized officially, Ellyn Harris and her Committee for the Advancement of Dance Music lobbied for more than two years to encourage the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to acknowledge dance music. Some Academy members debated whether dance music, with its heavy use of layering, remixing, "lack of melody or verse", and numerous varieties, was truly considered music. Others were concerned that dance music was not a long-lasting genre, fearing the category would face retirement much like the award for Best Disco Recording, which was presented for one year only at the 22nd Grammy Awards in 1980.
In 1998, Harris' efforts paid off when the Academy first presented the award to Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder at the 40th Grammy Awards for the song "Carry On". While the Academy had once been quoted as saying that "they considered dance music as something pop artists had created in their most frivolous moments", Ivan Bernstein, executive director of the organization's Florida branch, insisted that an award for excellence in dance music would not exist "if there were concerns about excellence".
|1998||Summer, DonnaDonna Summer and Giorgio Moroder||"Carry On"|||
|1999||Madonna||"Ray of Light"|||
|2001||Baha Men||"Who Let the Dogs Out?"|||
|2002||Jackson, JanetJanet Jackson||"All for You"|||
|2003||Dirty Vegas||"Days Go By"|||
|2004||Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue||"Come into My World"|||
|2005||Spears, BritneyBritney Spears||"Toxic"|||
|2006||The Chemical Brothers and Q-Tip||"Galvanize"|||
|2007||Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake and Timbaland||"SexyBack"|||
|2008||Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake||"LoveStoned/I Think She Knows"|||
|2009||Daft Punk||"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)"|||
|2010||Lady Gaga||"Poker Face"|||
|2011||Rihanna||"Only Girl (In the World)"|||
|2012||Skrillex||"Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites"|||
|2013||Skrillex and Sirah||"Bangarang"|
|2014||Zedd featuring Foxes||"Clarity"|
|2015||Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne||"Rather Be"|
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