David Guetta Praises Skrillex, Thinks Grammy Nod Is a ‘Statement’
Not many people expected Skrillex to earn more Grammy nominations than Lady Gaga, but the dubstep-influenced DJ did just that. The 23 year old picked up five nods, including Best New Artist, to the delight of many in the electronic dance music community, including David Guetta.
"He's extremely talented and I'm very happy for him," Guetta told MTV. "It's a statement. I think it's really good that an artist from our community is nominated just as 'an artist.' Not as a 'dance' artist, you know? I think that it's good that [our] music is now getting the attention and the respect that all the other styles of music, like hip-hop, are getting."
Guetta should know what he's talking about, as DJ Magazine recently named him the No. 1 DJ in the world. Skrillex only placed at No. 19 on that list, but his stock is rising fast. In the past year and a half, Skrillex has released three successful EPs: 'My Name is Skrillex,' 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,' and 'More Monsters and Sprites.' He has cracked the iTunes Top 100 with two singles, 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites' and 'First of the Year (Equinox),' a rare achievement for a DJ.
Skrillex himself told MTV the Grammy news took him by surprise. "It's crazy; it hasn't really hit me yet," he said. "I almost don't even know what it means, in terms of the big picture. This whole year has been insane, and these are surprises and things beyond my wildest fantasies."
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