In 2024, the Grammy Awards created a new category called Best Pop Dance Recording. This award is meant to reward music that lives on the border between the pop and dance genres.
The award was introduced at the same time as new awards for Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best African Music Performance.
Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement, “By introducing these three new categories, we are able to acknowledge and appreciate a broader array of artists. We are excited to honor and celebrate the creators and recordings in these categories, while also exposing a wider range of music to fans worldwide.”
Dance remixes are not eligible for this category; instead, they compete in the Best Remixed Recording category.
The changes mean that dance-pop artists, who were banished from the Best Dance Recording category in 2012, now have their own category again. The producers and mixers of the tracks are also nominated.
It was no surprise that Kylie Minogue won the first award in this category for “Padam Padam.” She is considered one of the biggest dance-pop artists in the world and had already won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording back in 2004, for “Come Into My World.”
In the future, we expect popular dance acts like Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga to be considered for nominations in this category.
Most career Best Pop Dance Recording nominations:
David Guetta 2
Most career Best Pop Dance Recording wins:
Kylie Minogue 1
Grammy Awards: Best Pop Dance Recording Winners and Nominees By Year
Winners in bold; other nominees listed beneath.
2024: Padam Padam, Kylie Minogue
Baby Don’t Hurt Me, David Guetta, Anne-Marie & Coi Leray
Miracle, Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding
One In A Million, Bebe Rexha & David Guetta
Rush, Troye Sivan
Last Updated on February 5, 2024