Yesterday the American Music Awards held their 40th anniversary ceremony at Downtown LA’s NOKIA Theatre. One major update this year was the decision to open up a new awards category for EDM, underlining just how far dance music has broken through into the mainstream. Taking home the award was none other than David Guetta, a deserving recipient considering the number of hits he had this year in both the pop and EDM worlds.
Last Friday the AMAs threw a cozy private party at the VIP room of Club Nokia to mark the addition of the EDM awards category. Many of the creme-de-la-creme of the industry were in attendance, with a fair share of DJs of course, including Cold Blank and Morgan Page. The highlights of the night were the intimate performances byAudrey Napoleon and NERO; both were but arms length away from the front of the dancefloor and were relaxed nonetheless. Looking beautiful as always, Audrey spun a variety of funky electro and also threw in more progressive tunes like her excellent remix of Long Brown Hair by C.C. Sheffield. Always on top of emerging genres, NERO began with some excellent trap like Brick by LOUDPVCK before getting into some of their more dreamy dubstep like their recent track Won’t You (Be There), released for free on their SoundCloud.