Jack U and Justin Bieber took the stage of The 58th GRAMMY Awards at LA’s Staples Center last night to put on a live performance that ignited the electronic dance music world. For the first time ever on a Monday night The GRAMMY celebration once again hosted amazing live spectacles from all genres: Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie, Kendrick Lamar laid down an intensely dramatic performance, The Weeknd proved his live performance prowess, Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood serenaded the country music loving crowd, Ellie Goulding introduced her new friend Andra Day, Adele powered through sound problems like the star she is, and of course many, many more moments that will be talked about for years to come.
Justin Bieber took home his first GRAMMY win for Best Dance Recording for his work with the Diplo + Skrillex EDM super-duo Jack U. The performance began with Bieber’s “Love Yourself” before he joined forces with Skrillex on the guitar and Diplo on the keyboard and drums for a jaw-dropping live rendition of “Where Are U Now”; a remake that’s strikingly similar to Florence + The Machine’s rendition on the radio mega-hit performed on BBC Radio 1 on September 29th, 2015 [listen here].
Electronic music constantly faces the challenging misunderstanding that it’s producers are somehow less talented than makers of more traditional genres of music. Diplo and Skrillex donning live instruments and playing alongside a live ensemble will hopefully change this ignorant view of the electronic platform.
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