1998: Best Dance Recording Category Finally Introduced, 18 Years Later:
After disco died (and the Disco Recording category with it), the 1980s dance music underground surged forward, emerging with more innovations than any other decade in electronic music history. Italo disco, acid house, Detroit techno, hi-NRG, electrofunk, Miami bass and other regional scenes were changing the world, but none of this registered on the Grammy radar — though they always did seem to find five nominees for the Best Polka Album. In the 1990s, Rolling Stone was busy running cover lines — the Orb, Junior Vasquez, Moby — that foretold the coming electronica storm, and the Grams finally caught on with the inaugural Best Dance Recording Category in 1998. Not that it was smooth sailing: They hilariously overcompensated by giving the award to Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer, who should have won the hypothetical 1978 Dance Grammy for "I Feel Love." Meanwhile, the Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers, who had released two of the most successful dance albums in history, were locked out entirely.