IDMA 2011 Winners

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March 14, 2011 by DJ Elroy

I can’t possibly talk about each and every one of the categories, winners, losers, etc… There were a few surprises, but much of this list is predictable. If you look at last year’s winners, it’s obvious the more established names are still going strong. Is there room for anyone else? Something new? Congrats to all the winners!

1. Best Underground Dance Track
Barbra Streisand – Duck Sauce – Fool’s Gold/Downtown
Brrrat! – Steve Aoki & Armand Van Helden – Dim Mak Records
I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem – DFA
I Feel Better – Hot Chip – Astralwerks
No Worries – Butch – Cecille
Paradise Circus – Massive Attack – Virgin
Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites – Skrillex – Big Beat/Mau5trap

“Underground” dance track, eh? That’s debatable. But Duck Sauce takes it. No arguments there. They are all decent tunes. Not the best, but it’s subjective.

2. Best Alternative/Rock Dance Track
Animal – Neon Trees – Crain Records/Mercury
Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix) – Florence + The Machine – Universal Republic
Giving up the Gun – Vampire Weekend – XL Recordings
Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap – Glassnote
The Catalyst (Remix) – Linkin Park – Warner Brothers
VCR (Four Tet Remix) – The XX – Young Turks/XL Recordings

Who let the hipsters in?

3. Best Latin/Reggaeton Track

Bon, Bon – Pitbull – Mr. 305 Records
Danza Koduro – Don Omar Feat. Lucento – Yanis/Machete
I Like it – Enrique Iglesias Feat. Pitbull – Universal Latino/Universal Republic
Loca – Shakira Feat. Dizzee Rascal – Sony Music Latin/Epic
Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) – Shakira – Sony Ent./Epic Entertainment
We No Speak Americano – Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup – Ultra Records/Sweat It Out

It  seems that every week there’s another remix of ‘Americano’ in my inbox…

4. Best Commercial Dance Track
Dancing On My Own – Robyn – Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope
Gettin’ Over You – David Guetta & Chris Willis Feat. Fergie & LMFAO – Astralwerks
Hello – Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Big Beat/Atlantic
Not Giving Up On Love – Armin van Buuren Feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Ultra/Armada
Pyromania – Cascada – Robbins Entertainment
Seek Bromance – Tim Berg – Napith/Sirup/DIY
Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – Ultra Records

Wait, all these categories aren’t considered commercial?

5. Best House/Garage Track

Barbra Streisand – Duck Sauce – Fool’s Gold/Downtown
Coma Cat – Tensnake – Defected Records
Give It 2 U – Quentin Harris & Ultra Naté – Strictly Rhythm
No Worries – Butch – Cecille
Red Room – Dennis Ferrer – Objektivity
Superman – Black Coffee – Fuego Media
Why Does The Wind? (Andre Lodeman Remix) – Tracey Thorn – Merge

6. Best R&B/Urban Dance Track

Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida Feat. David Guetta – Po Boy/Atlantic
Commander – Kelly Rowland Feat. David Guetta – Universal Motown
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher Feat. Pitbull – LaFace/JLG
Dynamite – Taio Cruz – Mercury/IDJMG
OMG – Usher Feat. – LaFace/JLG
Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna – Def Jam/IDJMG
Who’s That Chick – David Guetta & Rihanna – Astralwerks

7. Best Electro/Tech House Track

Animal Rights – Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner – Ultra Records/Mau5trap
Brrrat! – Steve Aoki & Armand Van Helden – Dim Mak Records
C’Mon – .Tiësto VS Diplo – Musical Freedom
Devil Walking – Mark Knight – Toolroom
Knas – Steve Angello – Size Records
One (Your Name) – Swedish House Mafia Feat. Pharrell – Astralwerks
The Secret – Joris Voorn – Cocoon

All are great tracks, no complaints here…

8. Best Rap/Hip Hop Dance Track

Airplanes – B.O.B. Feat. Hayley Williams – Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic
Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida Feat. David Guetta – Atlantic
Like a G6 – Far East Movement Feat. The Cataracs & Dev – Cherrytree/Interscope
Love The Way You Lie – Eminem Feat. Rihanna – Aftermath/Interscope
Memories – David Guetta Feat. Kid Cudi – Astralwerks
The Time (Dirty Bit) – Black Eyed Peas – Interscope

9. Best Trance Track
Barra – Cosmic Gate – Black Hole Recordings
C’Mon – Tiësto VS Diplo – Musical Freedom
Not Giving Up On Love – Armin van Buuren vs. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Ultra Records/Armada
Orbion – Armin van Buuren – Ultra Records/Armada
Rain – Markus Schulz – Coldharbour Recordings/Armada
Sanctuary – Gareth Emery Feat. Lucy Saunders – Napith Music
Tweak My Nipple (Tiësto Remix) – Faithless – Ultra Records/PIAS

Beatport says 2011 will be the year trance comes back… I think it may just happen!

10. Best Progressive Track

Bromance – Tim Berg – Napith/Sirup
Conscindo – Mark Knight & Wolfgang Gartner – Toolroom
Fight For You – Morgan Page – Nettwerk
Fire in Your New Shoes – Kaskade Feat. Dragonette – Ultra Records
Glow – Cirez D – Mouseville
One (Your Name) – Swedish House Mafia Feat. Pharrell – Astralwerks

How has the definition of “progressive” gotten so twisted the past few years?

11. Best Dubstep/DnB/Jungle Track
Gold Dust – Dj Fresh – Data/Breakbeat Kaos
Hold On – Rusko – Mad Decent/Downtown
Innocence – Nero – MTA Records
On My Own – Blame Feat Ruff Sqwad – New State Music
Raise Your Weapon – Deadmau5 – Ultra Records/Mau5trap
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex – Big Beat/Mau5trap

People still listen to dubstep?

12. Best Pop Dance Track
Alejandro – Lady Gaga – Streamline/Interscope/KonLive/Cherrytree
All The Lovers – Kylie Minogue – Astralwerks
Dirty Talk – Wynter Gordon – Big Beat/Atlantic
Dynamite – Taio Cruz – Mercury/IDJMG
Firework – Katy Perry – Capitol
Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna – Def Jam/IDJMG
Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha – RCA

13. Best Minimal/Techno Track
Glow – Cirez D – Mouseville
Regenerate – Booka Shade – Get Physical
Tarantula – Pleasurekraft – Eklektisch
The Secret – Joris Voorn – Cocoon
Two Dots (Nic Fanciulli Remix) – Lusine – Saved

14. Best Break-Through DJ

Black Coffee
Wolfgang Gartner

Saw Aftrojack a few times last year and they weren’t bad shows, but “best” of this list? Naw. My vote was for Avicii.

15. Best European DJ
Above & Beyond
Armin van Buuren
Dash Berlin
David Guetta
Laidback Luke
Paul van Dyk

Love ’em or hate ’em, all these guys work hard to keep the music alive… I’ve interviewed Armin and he’s a great guy, congrats!

16. Best American DJ (North America)
Christopher Lawrence
Danny Tenaglia
Erick Morillo
Oscar G
Roger Sanchez

But I thought he didn’t consider himself a DJ?

17. Best Global DJ
Armin van Buuren
David Guetta
Ferry Corsten
Markus Schulz
Paul van Dyk
Swedish House Mafia

18. Best Radio Station (Global)
BBC Radio 1
BPM (Sirius/XM)
Digitally Imported
Radio 538
Sunshine Live

Was there ever any doubt?

20. Best Radio Mix Show DJ
Above & Beyond – Trance Around the World
Armin van Buuren – State of Trance
Dennis Ruyer – Radio 538 Dance Department
Markus Schulz – Global DJ Broadcast
Pete Tong – Essential Mix
The Riddler – Adrenaline
Tiësto – Club Life

21. Best Compilation
Annual 2010 – Ministry Of Sound
Beach House – Hed Kandi
Most Rated Miami 2010 – Defected Records
Club Files V.9 – Ministry Of Sound
Strictly 4 DJ’S – Strictly Rhythm
Strictly Miami – Strictly Rhythm
Ultra 2010 – Ultra Records
Ultra Dance V.11 – Ultra Records

22. Best Full Length DJ Mix

Above & Beyond – Anjunabeats V.8 – Ultra Records/Anjunabeats
Armin van Buuren – State of Trance 2010 – Armada Music
Ben Klock – Berghain 04 – Ostgut
Kaskade – Electric Daisy Carnival V.1 – Ultra Records
Oscar G – Live From NYC – Nervous Records
Richard Durand – In Search of Sunrise 8 – Black Hole Recordings/Songbird
Riva Starr – Defected In the House Miami 2010 – Defected Records
Robbie Rivera – Juicy Ibiza 2010 – Black Hole Recordings

I’m starting to see a pattern here…

23. Best Producer
Armin van Buuren
David Guetta
Dr. Luke
Swedish House Mafia


24. Best Remixer
Bimbo Jones
Chew Fu
Dave Aude
Michael Woods

25. Best Music Video

Firework – Katy Perry (Dir. Dave Meyers)
Gettin’ Over You – David Guetta & Chris Willis Feat. Fergie & LMFAO (Dir. Rich Lee)
Hello – Martin Solveig Feat. Dragonette (Dir. Tristan Sequela & Martin Solveig)
I Was Drunk – Riva Starr Feat. Noze – (Dir. JMD)
One (Your Name) – Swedish House Mafia Feat. Pharrell – (Dir. Christian Larson & Henrick Hanson)
Telephone – Lady Gaga Feat. Beyonce (Dir. Jonas Âkerlund)

26. Best Dance Music Website

Kickbacks aren’t just in politics anymore…

27. Best Podcast
A State of Trance – Armin van Buuren
Club Life – Tiësto
Crobar Boramusic Housecast
Deeper Shades of House – Lars Behrenroth
Radio 538 Dance Department – Dennis Ruyer
Trance Around the World – Above & Beyond
VONYC Sessions – Paul van Dyk

28. Best Break-Through Artist (Solo)
Janelle Monáe
Taio Cruz
Wolfgang Gartner
Wynter Gordon

Good call, some GREAT music comin’ from Avicii…

29. Best Break-Through Artist (Group)
Duck Sauce
Far East Movement
Florence + The Machine
Magnetic Man
Swedish House Mafia
The Temper Trap

SHM deserves it.

30. Best Artist (Solo)
David Guetta
Katy Perry
Kelly Rowland
Kylie Minogue
Lady Gaga

Since when are “best” and “famous” synonymous? Deadmau5 deserves it. Especially out of this group.

31. Best Artist (Group)
Above & Beyond
Black Eyed Peas
Daft Punk
LCD Soundsystem
Swedish House Mafia

32. Best Music Publication

DJ Magazine
DJ Times

35. Best Music Retailer
Amoeba Records

36. Best Dance Music Specialty Retailer

Why are there even any other nominees in this category?

38. Best American Record Label
Big Beat
Nervous Records
Om Records
Robbins Entertainment
Subliminal Records
Ultra Records

39. Best Global Record Label
Armada Records
Black Hole Recordings
Defected Records
Ministry Of Sound
Om Records
Size Records
Ultra Records

40. Best Music Event
Coachella – Indio, CA
Creamfields – United Kingdom
Electric Daisy Carnival – Los Angeles
Electric Zoo – New York
Sensation White – Amsterdam
Tomorrowland – Belgium
Trance Energy – Utrecht
Ultra Music Festival – Miami

42. Best U.S. Club
Beta Nightclub – Denver
Cielo – New York
Glow – Washington D.C.
LIV – Miami
Pacha – New York
Rain – Las Vegas
Ruby Skye – San Francisco
Space – Miami

Gotta love Beta! Good, but not enough outside traffic to get the votes to win.

43. Best Global Club
Amnesia – Ibiza
Berghain – Berlin
Fabric – London
The Guvernment – Toronto
Ministry Of Sound – London
Pacha – Ibiza
Privilege – Ibiza
Space – Ibiza

44. Best Headphones
Beats by Dr. Dre – Studio
Pioneer – HDJ 2000
Sennheiser – HD25
Sony – MDR V700
Technics – RP-DH 1200

46. Best Turntable
Audio-Technica – AT-LP60
Stanton – STR.8-150
Technics – SL-1200 MK2
Technics – SL-1210

What’s a ‘turntable’?

47. Best Mixer
Allen & Heath – 4D
Pioneer – DJM-2000
Pioneer – DJM-800
Rane – Sixty-Eight

I love the DJ-2000, it’s the industry standard and all. But the pricetag puts it out of reach of most bedroom jocks...

48. Best CD Player
Denon – DNS 3700
Pioneer – CDJ-1000 MK3
Pioneer – CDJ-2000
Technics – SL-DZ 1200

The Pioneer is amazing! How did Technics make the list? Their CD player is a joke.

49. Best Club Sound System (Manufacturer)
JBL Audio
Martin Audio

50. Best Club Sound System (Design)
Beta, Denver – Funktion-One
Cielo, New York – Funktion-One
Ministry Of Sound, London – Martin Audio
Pacha, New York – Infinite Audio
Space, Ibiza – Blue Box Ibiza

51. Best Pro Studio Product Of The Year
Ableton – Live 8
Akai – APC 40
Funktion-One – F101 Studio Monitor
KRK Systems – Rokit 8
Native Instruments – Maschine
Reason 5 – Propellerhead

53. Best Manufacturer Of The Year
Native Instruments

54. Best Studio Software

Ableton – Live 8
Apple – Logic Pro 9
Steinberg – Cubase 5
Image-Line – FL Studio 9
Avid – Pro Tools 9

55. Best DJ Software
Ableton – Live 8
Pioneer – Rekordbox
Serato – Scratch Live
Traktor – Scratch Pro
VirtualDJ Pro 7

56. Best New Product Of The Year
Allen & Heath – XONE:DX
Apple – iPad
Native Instruments – S4
Novation – Dicer
Rane – Sixty-Eight

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