It has been a very big year for Sonny Moore, better known to the rest of the world as Skrillex. From massive festival dates to the cover of Spin magazine (and just about every point in between), he has been perhaps the unexpected success story of 2011 … which is why, when he was nominated for five Grammys on Wednesday night (the same number as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry combined), it was a pretty fitting cap on the past 12 months.
Then again, as Skrillex told MTV News on Thursday morning (December 1), he wasn’t expecting any of it … in fact, he’s still not quite sure what the whole Grammy thing is all about.
“I was actually on my bus, just about to sleep,” he said of what he was up to when he heard he’d been nominated. “I was in Nottingham last night, chilling in the Sherwood Forest, and my tour manager just pops his head into my bunk while I’m sleeping, screaming like ‘Yeaaah!’ And we had been having some drinks, having a good time, but I didn’t really know what was going on, and he told me I had gotten a nomination — I didn’t even know it was more than one until later.
“And then I went back to sleep, actually,” Skrillex laughed. “But it’s crazy; it hasn’t really hit me yet. I almost don’t even know what it means, in terms of the big picture. This whole year has been insane, and these are surprises and things beyond my wildest fantasies … and I’m just so thankful to have a great team and people that support me, man, because we’ve come a long f—ing way, man. People didn’t believe in us, and we built this incredible team and system, and it’s pretty awesome just to get that acknowledgment and do it with the people you love.”
Skrill’s biggest nod came in the Best New Artist field — he’s the first DJ to ever be nominated in the category — where he’s up against the likes of Nicki Minaj, J. Cole and Bon Iver. He’s not about to attempt to handicap the category (“I’m not picking favorites or anything, but Bon Iver seems like a no-brainer,” he said), and he doesn’t see the mainstream nomination as some grand recognition of the electronic genre, either. Though, he will admit that he hopes his is just the first of many noms for his fellow DJ/producers.
“Whether it’s on an acoustic guitar or if it’s on a computer, music’s music, and the most important thing about music is the emotional impact it has on people and culture,” he said. “I’m only hoping that my nomination this year will carry on to the next year, and open doors for more people to come up and be noticed and recognized as actual musicians.”
And though the Grammys aren’t until February, he’s already begun to tackle the tough questions about the show itself … namely, just what will he wear on the red carpet. Of course, if you’re a fan of his, you probably know his answer already.
“Oh man, I have no idea what I’ll wear,” he laughed. “All black! All-black everything!”
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