Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording

Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording
Awarded for quality vocal or instrumental dance music performances
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1998
Last awarded 2016
Official website

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,[1] 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".[2]

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 Dance/Electronic Album as well.[3] 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.[4] Award recipients have often included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.

Justin Timberlake and Skrillex are the only artists to win the award more than once. 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.[5] 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.[5]

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".[5]


A woman in black clothing holding a guitar and standing behind a microphone stand with one arm extended straight into the air. In the background is a screen with shades of pink and purple.
1999 award winner, Madonna, performing "Ray of Light" on the Confessions Tour
A woman in gold holding a microphone with one arm extended in the air.
2004 winner, Kylie Minogue. performing in Paris in 2006.
A woman with blond hair, wearing a blue, red, and black outfit.
2005 award winner, Britney Spears
A man with blue light being cast down upon him. He is wearing a suit, including a vest and tie, and his hands are placed on his jacket.
Two-time consecutive award winner, Justin Timberlake
A woman with yellow hair, wearing a black bikini-shaped outfit.
2010 award winner and three time nominee, Lady Gaga
A woman with red hair, wearing an electro blue skirt.
2011 award winner, Rihanna
Three-time award winner, Skrillex
Year[I] Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1998 Summer, DonnaDonna Summer and Giorgio Moroder "Carry On" [6]
1999 Madonna "Ray of Light" [7]
2000 Cher "Believe" [8]
2001 Baha Men "Who Let the Dogs Out?" [9]
2002 Jackson, JanetJanet Jackson "All for You" [10]
2003 Dirty Vegas "Days Go By" [11]
2004 Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue "Come into My World" [12]
2005 Spears, BritneyBritney Spears "Toxic" [13]
2006 The Chemical Brothers and Q-Tip
 · The Chemical Brothers, producer; Steve Dub & The Chemical Brothers, mixers
"Galvanize" [14]
2007 Justin Timberlake and Timbaland
 · Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass, mixer
"SexyBack" [4]
2008 Justin Timberlake
 · Nate (Danja) Hills, Tim Mosley & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Tim Mosley, mixers
"LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" [15]
2009 Daft Punk
 · Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo & Thomas Bangalter, producers & mixers
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)" [16]
2010 Lady Gaga
 · RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, mixers
"Poker Face" [17]
2011 Rihanna
 · Kuk Harrell, Stargate & Sandy Vee, producers; Philip Tan & Sandy Vee mixers
"Only Girl (In the World)" [18]
2012 Skrillex
 · Skrillex, producer & mixer
"Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" [19]
2013 Skrillex and Sirah
 · Skrillex, producer & mixer
"Bangarang" [20]
2014 Zedd featuring Foxes
 · Zedd, producer & mixer
"Clarity" [21]
2015 Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
 · Grace Chatto and Jack Patterson, producers; Wez Clarke and Jack Patterson, mixers
"Rather Be" [22]
2016 Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber
 · Sonny Moore & Thomas Pentz, producers; Sonny Moore & Thomas Pentz, mixers
"Where Are Ü Now" [23]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also


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  13. "Nominee list for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards". LiveDaily. December 7, 2004. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  14. "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. December 8, 2005. p. 1. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  15. "50th annual Grammy Awards nominations". Variety. Reed Business Information. December 6, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  16. "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  17. "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  18. "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  19. "The 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List "Dance"". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  20. "55th Grammy Awards Nominees". Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  21. "The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  22. "Grammy Awards 2015: winners and performances – as it happened". Guardian. February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  23. "2016 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.

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