|Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording|
|Awarded for||Quality vocal or instrumental dance music performances|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
|Currently held by||LCD Soundsystem, "Tonite" (2018)|
The Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for works containing quality vocal performances in the dance music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".
The award for Best Dance Recording was first presented to Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder in 1998 for the song "Carry On". In 2003, the Academy moved the category from the "Pop" field into a new "Dance" field, which currently contains the category Best Dance/Electronic Album as well. According to the Academy, the award is designated for solo, duo, group or collaborative performances (vocal or instrumental), and is limited to singles or tracks only. Award recipients have often included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.
Skrillex and Justin Timberlake are the only artists to win the award more than once, having won three times and twice, respectively. Madonna holds the record for the most nominations, with five. Gloria Estefan holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with three.
Though she was not the first to suggest that the genre be recognized officially, Ellyn Harris and her Committee for the Advancement of Dance Music lobbied for more than two years to encourage the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to acknowledge dance music. Some Academy members debated whether dance music, with its heavy use of layering, remixing, "lack of melody or verse", and numerous varieties, was truly considered music. Others were concerned that dance music was not a long-lasting genre, fearing the category would face retirement much like the award for Best Disco Recording, which was presented for one year only at the 22nd Grammy Awards in 1980.
In 1998, Harris' efforts paid off when the Academy first presented the award to Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder at the 40th Grammy Awards for the song "Carry On". While the Academy had once been quoted as saying that "they considered dance music as something pop artists had created in their most frivolous moments", Ivan Bernstein, executive director of the organization's Florida branch, insisted that an award for excellence in dance music would not exist "if there were concerns about excellence".
|1998||Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder||"Carry On"|||
|1999||Madonna||"Ray of Light"|||
|2001||Baha Men||"Who Let the Dogs Out?"|||
|2002||Janet Jackson||"All for You"|||
|2003||Dirty Vegas||"Days Go By"|||
|2004||Kylie Minogue||"Come into My World"|||
|2006||The Chemical Brothers and Q-Tip
· The Chemical Brothers, producer; Steve Dub and The Chemical Brothers, mixers
|2007||Justin Timberlake and Timbaland
· Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass, mixer
· Nate (Danja) Hills, Tim Mosley and Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass and Tim Mosley, mixers
|"LoveStoned/I Think She Knows"|||
· Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, producers and mixers
|"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)"|||
· RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne and Dave Russell, mixers
· Kuk Harrell, Stargate and Sandy Vee, producers; Philip Tan and Sandy Vee mixers
|"Only Girl (In the World)"|||
· Skrillex, producer and mixer
|"Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites"|||
|2013||Skrillex and Sirah
· Skrillex, producer and mixer
|2014||Zedd featuring Foxes
· Zedd, producer and mixer
|2015||Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
· Grace Chatto and Jack Patterson, producers; Wez Clarke and Jack Patterson, mixers
|2016||Jack Ü (Skrillex and Diplo) with Justin Bieber
· Sonny Moore and Thomas Pentz, producers; Sonny Moore and Thomas Pentz, mixers
|"Where Are Ü Now"|||
|2017||The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
· The Chainsmokers, producers; Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young, mixer
|"Don't Let Me Down"|||
· James Murphy, producer and mixer
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
For the first time, the best dance recording category is broken out into its own dance field. In previous years, this category was in the pop field...