Never say never. Justin Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo have won the Best Dance Recording Grammy for their “Where Are Ü Now” collaboration.
The trio were favorites to land the golden gramophone against contenders “Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar),” Galantis – “Runaway (U & I),” The Chemical Brothers with “Go” feat. Q-Tip, and Above & Beyond’s “We’re All We Need,” feat. Zoë Johnston.
The Grammy winner announcement took place during an long readout of categories in the Premiere ceremony, which began two hours before the LL Cool J-hosted telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Both EDM titans praised the other nominees in their field and spoke of their commitment to making forward-facing electronic dance music and being part of an inclusive “squad.”
The producer-DJ’s also won the next category of Best Dance/Electronic album, which they accepted in person.
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As expected, Justin Bieber fans reacted with ecstatic joy with thousands taking to Twitter to express pride in their boy on Monday evening. The win must be super sweet for Diplo and Justin, both of whom have been nominated before but have not won.
The Biebs famously lost out in the Best New Artist field to Esperanza Spalding, and Best Pop Vocal Album to Lady Gaga in 2011. Then, in 2013 the Canadian’s 2012-released Believe album was snubbed by the Grammys. Blast from the past tweet below.
As for the awards…of course I wanted to win. Its been & still is a dream to win a grammy. Was I upset…yes. But I was happy for her also
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 14, 2011
But that’s all history now. Three-time Grammy nominee, Bieber, is now a Grammy winner alongside Skrillex and Diplo with a track that took no prisoners on the club scene, racked up nearly 450 million streams on Spotify, and peaked at No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart.
Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo’s out-of-the-box musical trinity captured the public’s imagination after it was first heard on Jack Ü’s debut album. It went on to become the song of 2015’s summer, garnering an American Music Award this year — and notably, ushered in the new music sound and acceptance of Bieber ahead of him unleashing the gem that is his Purpose album, which also features “Where.”
After Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo were announced as Grammy winners, each artist took to Twitter to express their gratitude.
The pop superstar tweeted out a video, in which he pretended to bestow his Grammy on manager, Scooter Braun, because it was an “off-camera award.” His tongue-in-cheek caption said otherwise and reads, “Lol. Just playin. It’s mine.”
Lol. Just playin. It’s mine???? pic.twitter.com/BkjuckjZNe
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 15, 2016
The heartthrob also tweeted Jack Ü, with, “Skrillex @Diplo congrats boys!” In another, the 21-year-old thanked his ever-passionate “Beliebers” and told them to “get ready for the show. Not done yet.”
He also retweeted a fan who screenshotted one of his tweets from December 31, 2010.
“#2011 the dream… would be to win a grammy,” the original tweet posted by Bieber read. “That would be just amazing. A boy can dream right? #2011.”
— ☾Justin Bieber (@bizzlecute_) February 15, 2016
Meanwhile, Diplo tweeted, “One love @skrillex @justinbieber @TheGRAMMYs.. And Thank You for spontaneity in music,” and shared a pic of himself and Skrillex accepting the Grammy, captioning it, “For all my haters.”
Skrillex name-checked co-writer Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, writing, “We didn’t plan a speech, I’m bad at speeches but I wanted to make one more shout out to the mother f—– man @poobear.” He also thanked every artists on the Jack Ü album.
As seen below, and confirmed by a source to Entertainment Tonight, the Biebs will kick off his performance solo, singing an acoustic snippet of his former Billboard No. 1 hit, “Love Yourself,” while playing the guitar.
The Los Angeles Times adds Bieber will then race halfway across the stage to join Diplo and Skrillex (playing guitar and keys respectively), for what ET described is a “grungy, superband version of ‘Where Are Ü Now.’ “
Other performers on the night include The Weeknd, British songstress Adele, Broadway’s Hamilton cast, a BB King tribute featuring Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, and Gary Clark, Jr., an ensemble with Pitbull, Robin Thicke, and Travis Barker, the television debut of Johnny Depp’s The Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, Taylor Swift, Alabama Shakes, James Bay with Tori Kelly, and Lady Gaga’s much-anticipated David Bowie tribute.
Adding to the fun, the white and black tuxedo-clad Biebs featured in a Carpool Karaoke with The Late Late Show host, James Corden, which continues the tradition for the duo.
The “Sorry” singer walked the Grammys red carpet with his little brother, Jaxon, in a black tuxedo. Naturally, the Internet went mad. Justin also posed with Skrillex and Diplo. But, frankly, the step and repeat spotlight belonged to the six-year-old.
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