Monday, 28 March 2011


The weekend just gone was a mammoth one in Miami. In fact, the celebrations are still going, following the big-as-they-come final day of Ultra Music Festival and Made Event’s 36-hour party The Lost Weekend. Amongst all the debauchery, the 4th Annual Beatport Music Awards took over the Gansevoort Hotel on Sunday 27 March for its first ‘live and direct’ ceremony.

Fresh from cavorting with Deadmau5 over at Ultra on Saturday night, club convert Tommy Lee was in charge of handing out the gongs. To no one’s great surprise, the mau5 claimed Artist Of The Year in the Community Choice Awards, with Swedish House Mafia’s arena-sized anthem One singled out as the people’s Track Of The Year.

The Top Sales Awards present an interesting picture of Beatport’s blockbuster sellers. Top Track Of The Year (based entirely on sales) was Tarantula from cross-continental production team Pleasurekraft.

2011 Creamfields drawcard Skrillex topped the dubstep sales category with Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (more fuel to the fire, no doubt), while pop-dance starlet Wynter Gordon was named Beatport Breakthrough Artist. While we’re talking Creamfields, Beatport’s staff chose Slovenian powerhouse Umek as their Artist of the Year, and you can see why next month.

Last but not least, the new category of Lifetime Achievement Award went to Carl Craig. The Detroit don was much in-demand at this year’s Winter Music Conference (“no beach, only beats,” as he put it on Facebook), going back-to-back with Luciano at Cadenza’s bash, repping 20 Years Of Planet E at various parties, and generally being a dude. Beatport chose wisely on that one...

Community Choice Awards

Artist of the Year: Deadmau5
Track of the Year: Swedish House Mafia – One

Top Sales Awards

Top Track: Pleasurekraft – Tarantula
Top Remixer: Manuel De La Mare
Top DJ Mix: John Digweed – Structures 2
Breakthrough Artist: Wynter Gordon
Top Breaks Track: Stanton Warriors, JELO, Vandal & Hatiras – M.A.D. (Elite Force Mix)
Top Techno Track: Joris Voorn – The Secret
Top Trance Track: DJs United – Remember Love
Top Dubstep Track: Skrillex – Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites
Top Progressive House Track: Swedish House Mafia – One
Top Electro House Track: Deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner – Animal Rights
Top Tech-House Track: Pleasurekraft – Tarantula
Top House Track: DCUP & Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano
Top Chillout Track: Nightmares On Wax – You Wish
Top Deep House Track: Thyladomid – The Voice
Top Drum & Bass Track: Ajapai – Incoming [Taku Remix]
Top Minimal Track: Roberto Procaccini – Under Control
Top Indie Dance/Nu Disco Track: Martin Solveig – Hello
Top Hard Dance Track: Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – We No Speak Americano [Friday Night Posse remix]
Top Electronica Track: Moby – Wait For Me [Paul Kalkbrenner remix]
Top Hardcore/Hard Techno Track: – Industrialyzer & The Advent – Magnet

Staff Pick Awards

Artist of the Year: Umek
Track of the Year: Art Department – Without You
Lifetime Achievement Award: Carl Craig

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