It appears that this year the Grammys will honor and recognize electronic music. Electronic/dubstep DJ, Skrillex, received five nominations and became the first dance artist to ever be nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy. Electronic producer Deadmau5 has been nominated for three Grammys and is set to perform with rock icons, Foo Fighters.
The unusual pairing wasn't all that surprising since Deadmau5 remixed the Foo FIghters' hard rock song, "Rope," which is up for an award. What is rather shocking is that Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and French house music producer David Guetta will be joining them to perform at the Grammy Awards this Sunday. All five artists are nominated for Grammy Awards this year and the Foo's album, "Wasting Light" is nominated for six Grammys including the highly coveted "Album of the Year." "Wasting Light" was recorded entirely on analog tape, so it's perplexing that they would agree to do a perfromance with four music giants who use and embrace electronic aspects like auto-tune.
The Foo Fighters have gone on record that he is not a fan of electronic music where the artist don't play a music instrument, yet come Sunday they will participate in a "special performance highlighting dance/electronica music." In an interview with USA Today Foo frontman, Dave Grohl said, "We walk on stage with five instruments and no computers. It might not sound perfect, but we'll rip your face off, and we don't need someone to hit 'go' on the computer. The band's better than we've ever been. We don't have bad shows. We kill it every night."
Other performers slated for this year's Grammys are Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, Rihanna, Bruno Mars. There will also be a duet with Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood, as well as an Etta James tribute led by Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys. Adele will make her first performance after recently undergoing vocal-cord surgery.