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EDM Is Finally Getting Its Own Awards Show — Obviously, Diplo and Skrillex Are Nominated

The 58th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals
Where is EDM now? On Fox, that’s where. Photo: Dan MacMedan/Getty Images

Nearly every music genre has its own awards show — we’ve got the CMAs, the CMTs, Latin Grammys, BET Hip-Hop Awards, Soul Train Awards, Celebration of Gospel, Stellar Awards, etc. — and now EDM is finally getting some prime-time love. On April 23, Fox will air the first-ever Electronic Music Awards (not to be confused with MTV’s EMAs), an hour-long show founded by DJ Paul Oakenfold as part of his Electronic Music Awards and Foundation. On Thursday, the EMAFs announced their inaugural list of nominees and categories, which recognize both the best DJs and producers in the dance world, as well as the best international dance clubs, electronic music festivals, and radio shows.

Unsurprisingly, both Diplo and Skrillex are up for DJ of the Year — but none of their joint efforts as Jack Ü, including “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber, were nominated. A bit of an awkward snub, considering they just won Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album at the Grammys, putting Skrillex ahead of Daft Punk for the dance-music artist with the most Grammy wins (eight). Disclosure and Jamie xx (who both lost to Jack Ü), however, are up for Album of the Year. See a full list of nominees below:

Single of the Year
Calvin Harris & Disciples, “How Deep Is Your Love”
The Chainsmokers feat. ROZES, “Roses”
Galantis, “Runaway (U & I)”
Kygo feat. Parson James, “Stole the Show”
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ, “Lean On”
Album of the Year  
Alina Baraz & Galimatias, Urban Flora
Calvin Harris, Motion
Disclosure, Caracal

Galantis, Pharmacy

Jamie xx, In Colour
Radio Show of the Year
BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix
BPM with Geronimo, Sirius XM

Danny Howard, BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems
Diplo and Friends, BBC Radio 1
Jason Bentley, Morning Becomes Eclectic – KCRW
Festival of the Year
Creamfields - Daresbury, England
Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas, USA
Sonar - Barcelona, Spain
The BPM Festival - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Ultra Music Festival - Miami, USA
DJ of the Year
Carl Cox
DJ Harvey
Best New Artist
Bob Moses
DJ Snake
Best Club of the Year
Sound LA

EDM’s First-Ever Awards Show Announces Nominees