Not sure if you guys noticed, but 2011 was a stellar effing year for EDM artists (that’s “Electronic Dance Music” for all you n00bs). David Guetta got everyone and their mother to guest star on his Nothing But The Beat album (Nicki Minaj and Usher, to name a few), and Calvin Harris finally (and rightfully) broke through with his EPIC Rihanna cut, “We Found Love.” And if you don’t think deadmau5 is a household name yet, don’t tell that to this kid (or the dad who spent hours on that Halloween costume).
Here at MTV, we felt it was time that the EDM artists who dominated 2K11 got what they deserved: a spot in our official Best EDM Artists of 2011 list! Along with this prestigious title, these musicians will also receive a new car! (JK, JK. We ain’t on that Oprah ish… yet.)
French DJ Martin Solveig came in at No. 10 (and how could he not with Dragonette-assisted “Hello” — it was EVERYWHERE), while Tiesto, Kaskade and Afrojack also carved out nice spots for themselves. But it was American producer Skrillex who took home top honors as the best EDM Artist of 2011, and no, not only because of his hair. He’s already produced some of the most famous musicians out there (Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas), and the dude’s only 23. 2011 was basically HIS year.
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