The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday! The music industry’s largest and most prestigious event honors achievements in music and spotlights the best artists, musicians, songs, albums and more. As dancers we love music; it’s a vital tool that helps us create movements and tell our stories through dancing.
To celebrate all things music and dance related, we’re sharing our top dance-worthy picks to win the coveted Gramophones at this year’s Grammy Awards, airing Sunday, Feb. 12th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on CBS. From superstar singers like Queen Beyoncé to lesser-known musicians like the Alabama Shakes, we’re sharing our favorite music industry nominations that inspire us to bust a move. Check it out!
“Hello” | Adele
Nomination: Record of the Year
Why we love it: Adele is the queen of heart-wrenching love ballads and “Hello” is no exception. Her incredible vocal abilities helped the song reach number one on the Billboard Top 100 for 10 weeks in a row. This stunning song is the perfect choice for a contemporary or ballroom piece.
“Formation” | Beyoncé
Nomination: Song of the Year
Why we love it: With more than 20 million views on YouTube, Queen Bey‘s “Formation” is perhaps among the greatest songs of all time (admit it, you’re totally guilty of saying “OK ladies, now let’s get in formation” to your gal squad!). The music video features an army of strong dancers including Beyoncé’s dance captain and former Rockette Ashley Everett. This girl power song makes us want to throw down our best moves!
“Love Yourself” | Justin Bieber
Nomination: Best Pop Solo Performance
Why we love it: Keone and Mari Madrid, the married-in-real-life dance duo featured in the video, actually choreographed this gem. And you’re not alone if the beautiful, elegant and raw movements make you feel all warm and fuzzy.
“Work” | Rihanna feat. Drake
Nomination: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Why we love it: Need a song to help you shake what yo mama gave you?! Topping Billboard’s Top 100 for several months, this booty-shaking tune makes us want to get up and have a dance party every time it blasts through the speakers!
“Don’t Let Me Down” | Chainsmokers feat. Daya
Nomination: Best Dance Recording
Why we love it: When a song features the type of strong bass beats and subtle undertones as highlighted in “Don’t Let Me Down,” it’s hard to not want to bust a move. The song stayed on Billboard’s Top 100 for 51 weeks in 2016 and topped out at number three.
“Joe (Live from Austin City Limits)” | Alabama Shakes
Nomination: Best Rock Performance
Why we love it: The Alabama Shakes are a contemporary dancer’s dream. The soulful croons of the band’s lead singer Brittany Howard are out-of-this world. There’s so much emotion behind the live version of this song it’ll make you want to start a spontaneous improv session.
“Panda” | Desiigner
Nomination: Best Rap Performance
Why we love it: The irresistibly addicting “Panda” song by Desiigner was one of our favorite songs of the year. Choreographers around the world created epic dance videos to the song, racking up millions of views. One of our favorites was from Los Angeles based choreographer Matt Steffanina (check it out here!). Panda, panda, panda …
“Up&Up” | Coldplay
Nomination: Best Music Video
Why we love it: What ultimately swayed us to this video was the stunning visual elements and juxtaposition of the unexpected. The video feels like a modern art statement moving from floating turtles in a subway to frontman Chris Martin singing atop an aerial land map. It’s safe to say that this beauty resonates with our dancer souls!