While the 2013 Grammy nominations were announced Wednesday night, the electronic music world was left wondering about the legitimacy of one unknown performer in the Best Dance Recording category.
Al Walser's "I Can't Live Without You" is nominated alongside Avicii's "Levels," Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo's "Let's Go," Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child" and Skrillex and Sirah's "Bangarang."
While most of the nominees are a who’s who in the EDM world, Walser is pretty much unknown to even the slightest dance music fans.
Dance music site House.net reported on the Grammy nomination hoax Thursday, suggesting that Walser is a relentless self-promoter who claims to be a "Grammy nominating and voting member."
The claim was allegedly made on Walser's Facebook fan page, which has since been taken down.
Additionally, House.net notes, no variations of Walser's name appear on any of the rolls for the Recording Academy's 12 chapter.
The “Grammy-nominated” artist also has a Twitter account that has 550 followers but includes no tweets about the nomination.
Citing an anonymous source, House.net goes on to report that the Grammys were very embarrassed by the situation and speculated that foul play may have been involved.
"This kind of thing doesn't happen. [The Grammy Academy] takes this really seriously. They are super embarrassed that this happened. I still can't believe it,” the source said.
A number of top DJ's and producers took to Twitter Thursday to voice their opinion on Walser’s nomination.
“and yeah, you read that right, you can get a spot on the voting committee and vote for your own song. (obviously, if you listen to that),” Grammy nominated EDM DJ/Producer Wolfgang Gartner tweeted
A spokesperson for the Recording Academy has yet to release an official statement on the matter.
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