The Chainsmokers and their colleagues truly proved their mastery at engineering pop/EDM-crossover music that appeals to the masses in 2016. Discovering the burgeoning teenage vocalist Daya at a young age, they recruited her to team up with them for what became one of the biggest hits of the year: “Don’t Let Me Down.” It’s catchy drops and powerful synths paired with Daya’s voice continues to be pumped through speakers everywhere, from car radios to club dancefloors.
“Don’t Let Me Down” has now won them the Grammy for Best Dance Recording, perhaps the highest honor and the latest in a stream of victories throughout the year at other awards shows and in high-profile residency contracts with Hakkasan. They’re not slowing their momentum by any means either, announcing a debut album and a brand new tour for 2017 shortly after releasing their already-adored “Paris.”
The Chainsmokers faced a large pool of contenders including Flume, Bob Moses with their groundbreaking debut LP, and more.