Flume, The Chainsmokers Win First Ever Grammy Awards
In light of the approaching Valentine’s Day holiday, “hearts and flowers,”—a term borrowed from the vocabulary of Fifty Shades’s Anastasia Steele—are in fashion this week, in addition to champagne flutes, appropriately topped off, and deservingly held in the palms of Australian DJ/producer, Flume, and American DJ/production duo, The Chainsmokers, two household names of dance music expected to pop several bottles of fizzy bubbly in celebration of the results of the 59th annual Grammy Awards show.
Represented in each EDM related award category of the ceremony, Flume received a nomination back in December for “Best dance/electronic album” for his 2016 masterpiece, “Skin,” and for “Best dance recording” for the album’s hit single, “Never Be Like You,” a reflective track that coupled Flume’s talents with those of vocalist, Kai. As per our prediction a month or so ago, Flume secured the Grammy award for “Best dance/electronic album, a milestone in the Sydney native’s career as a DJ/producer. Flume arose as the preeminent nominee of the award category, where fellow nominees included Tycho, Jean-Michel Jarre, Louie Vega, and Underworld.
Flume’s name could likewise be found under “Best dance recording,” a testament to the “Say It” producer’s musical acumen, despite Flume’s forfeiture of the award to reigning dance music super power, The Chainsmokers. The Chainsmokers duo, Drew Taggart and Alex Pall were crowned as the victorious of those nominated for “Best dance recording” for their Daya collab, “Don’t Let Me Down.” And indeed, The Chainsmokers were far from being “let down” this evening, their Grammy award selection constituting the pair as those triumphant over formidable competition: Flume, Riton/Kah-Lo, Sofi Tukker, and Bob Moses.
While The Chainsmokers notably did lose the award category of “Best new artist” to Chicago born, Chancellor Johnathan Bennett, aka Chance the Rapper, Taggart and Pall’s acquisition of the 2017 Grammy for “Best dance recording” should serve only as foreshadowing for Grammy achievements to come, with “Closer” and “Paris” already waiting in the wings, clear possibilities for 2018 Grammy nominations.
Congratulations to Flume and to The Chainsmokers: as grateful as EDM enthusiasts are to you for your musical contributions, they couldn't be more thankful for an alternative contribution, namely an excuse to toast on a Sunday evening.