Grammys Avoid Controversy With Skrillex Win
When Grammy nominations were announced last December, dance music fans, artists and experts found an unfamiliar name competing in the Best Dance Recording category.
Who is Al Walser and how did the relatively unknown producer from Liechtenstein get nominated up against hit machines like Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia? The four platinum-selling acts had packed stadiums in 2012 while Walser had posted a low-budget video for "I Can't Live Without You," which displayed a scant 7,000 views at the time of his nomination.
Talk of conspiracy quickly ensued. After some fancy footwork by Phillip Sherburne, Spin's dance music expert, it was uncovered that Walser, although unknown in the U.S., had a history in the music industry. more on this story
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