IDMA Winners Announced; Online Metrics Now More Important Than Ever

This year’s International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) winners were announced online, as the Winter Music Conference in Miami had been canceled due to the current world situation. For the second year in a row, the IDMA committee worked on the nominations together with music-tech company Viberate to pick the nominees, based on their social media and streaming metrics, thus ensuring objectivity in the artist selection.

Vasja Veber, Viberate’s co-founder, explains: “Music awards are often criticized for being biased. Sometimes you can play the system and pay for votes. The IDMA nominee selection does not work like that. We use data from big networks (streaming services, social networks, ticket vendors etc.) to see who really deserves a nomination, and in my opinion, these numbers reflect the actual popularity of an artist in the most unbiased way possible. Working on their fan interaction should be every artist’s main promotional focus, and not just the winners, but also the nominees master this art.”

Courtesy: Viberate

With the current world situation bringing live music events to a standstill, artists have to turn to the internet to keep in touch with their fans. Boosting engagement, gaining traction, and other online activities are now more important than ever, and they also result in higher popularity ratings on Viberate. “Because of this, it will be very interesting to see who gets picked next year,” Veber adds.

Below are the nominees with winners in bold.

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DANCE/ELECTRONIC (Male)

· Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

· Calvin Harris

· Marshmello

· Martin Garrix

· The Chainsmokers

DANCE/ELECTRONIC (Female)

· NERVO

· Juicy M

· Krewella

· Mariana BO

· MATTN

TECHNO (Male)

· Carl Cox

· Adam Beyer

· Boris Brejcha

· Enrico Sangiuliano

· Richie Hawtin

TECHNO (Female)

· Charlotte de Witte

· Amelie Lens

· ANNA

· Deborah De Luca

· Nina Kraviz

TRANCE (Male)

· Armin Van Buuren

· Above & Beyond

· Aly & Fila

· Giuseppe Ottaviani

· Cosmic Gate

TRANCE (Female)

· Christina Novelli

· Alessandra Roncone

· Clara Yates

· Maria Healy

· Nifra

HOUSE (Male)

· FISHER

· ARTBAT

· Black Coffee

· Claptone

· Meduza

HOUSE (Female)

· Nora En Pure

· Hannah Wants

· Honey Dijon

· Maya Jane Coles

· Peggy Gou

BASS (Male)

· Skrillex

· Illenium

· NGHTMRE

· RL Grime

· Yellow Claw

BASS (Female)

· Alison Wonderland

· CloZee

· Lucii

· REZZ

· WHIPPED CREAM

DRUM & BASS (Male)

· Chase & Status

· Andy C

· Bou

· Enei

· Sub Focus

DRUM & BASS (Female)

· DJ Storm

· Changing Faces

· DJ Rap

· Kyrist

· Mollie Collins

HARDSTYLE (Male)

· Headhunterz

· Angerfist

· D-Block & S-TE-FAN

· Da Tweekaz

· Warface

HARDSTYLE (Female)

· MANDY

· AniMe

· Korsakoff

· Lady Dammage

· Miss K8

DOWNTEMPO (Male)

· Petit Biscuit

· Bonobo

· Four Tet

· Thievery Corporation

· Tycho

DOWNTEMPO (Female)

· TOKiMONSTA

· Huxley Anne

· D. Tiffany

· Roza Terenzi

· Yu Su

BEST ALBUM

· Avicii “TIM”

· Flume “Hi This is Flume”

· Gryffin “Gravity”

· Illenium “ASCEND”

· The Chemical Brothers “No Geography”

BEST SONG (DANCE)

· MEDUZA “Piece of Your Heart”

· Sam Feldt feat. RANI “Post Malone”

· Yves V feat. Afrojack & Icona Pop “We Got That Cool”

· Oliver Heldens, Lenno “This Groove”

· LUM!X, Gabry Ponte “Monster”

BEST SONG (ELECTRONIC)

· Fisher “You Little Beauty”

· Bonobo “Linked”

· Camelphat ft. Jem Cooke “Rabbit Hole”

· Elderbrook & Rudimental “Something About You”

· Peggy Gou “Starry Night”

BEST REMIX

· Meduza, Goodboys – Piece of Your Heart (Alok Remix)

· Monolink – Return To Oz (ARTBAT Remix)

· LUM!X, Gabry Ponte – Monster (Robin Schulz Remix)

· UK Apache & SHY FX – Original Nuttah 25 feat. IRAH (Chase & Status Remix)

· Madonna – I Rise (Tracy Young Remix)

BEST LABEL

· Spinnin’ Records

· Armada Music

· Anjunabeats

· Astralwerks

· Ultra Records

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

· Meduza

· ARTBAT

· Dom Dolla

· Solardo

· WHIPPED CREAM

BEST FESTIVAL/EVENT

· Tomorrowland

· Coachella

· Electric Daisy Carnival

· Electric Zoo

· Ultra Music Festival

BEST CLUB

· Ushuaïa (Ibiza)

· Avant Gardner/Brooklyn Mirage (New York)

· Berghain (Berlin)

· Fabric Nightclub (London)

· Space (Miami)

BEST RADIO SHOW / PODCAST

· “A State of Trance” by Armin van Buuren

· “Club Life” by Tiësto

· “Group Therapy” by Above & Beyond

· “Heldeep Radio” by Oliver Heldens

· Spinnin’ Sessions

BEST RADIO STATION

· BBC Radio 1

· BPM (SiriusXM)

· Diplo’s Revolution (SiriusXM)

· Evolution (iHeartRadio)

· KCRW (LA)

BEST STREAMING SERVICE

· Spotify

· Amazon Music

· Apple Music

· Deezer

· Pandora

BEST YOUTUBE CHANNEL

· Spinnin’ TV

· MrSuicideSheep

· Proximity

· Trap Nation

· Ultra Music

BEST DJ EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER

· Pioneer DJ

· Allen & Heath

· Denon DJ

· Native Instruments

· Technics

BEST DAW

· FL Studio

· Ableton Live 10

· Avid Pro Tools

· Logic Pro X

· Steinberg Cuba

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