Kaytranada Makes Grammy History in Dance Field

Kaytranada Makes Grammy History in Dance Field


Recording Academy history was made at the 2021 Grammy Awards last night when Kaytranada won the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Bubba.

The historic feat earned him the deserving title as the first Black artist to win this award in its 16-year history of existence. 

That’s not all. The prolific DJ and record producer is the only solo Black artist ever to be nominated for this award. 

Dawn Richard congratulated Kaytranada on his accomplishment, citing his win as “powerful.” 

The Recording Academy introduced the respected album honor under Best Dance Electronic/Dance Album at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in 2005. Basement Jaxx and their album Kish Kash was the inaugural winners.

A name change occurred in 2012 at the 54th annual ceremony, revising the award title to Best Dance/Electronica Album. Two years later, the Recording Academy amended the name to its present title. 

Past recipients include Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Madonna. 

Kaytranada, who was also nominated for Best New Artist at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, took home Best Dance Recording for “10%,” featuring Kali Uchis. 

See Kaytranada’s two acceptance speeches below.