Grammy award winning DJ and producer Afrojack is nominated in the best remixed recording, non-classical category for his work on Leona Lewis's "Collide (Afrojack Remix)." But he's also scored attention for his collaborations on two of 2011's most notable pop records, Pitbull and Ne-Yo's No. 1 song "Give Me Everything" and Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)."
"Run the World (Girls)," the first single from Beyonce's album "4," is an electronic, dance track that takes a departure from the "Single Ladies" singer's traditional pop and R&B style. "You shouldn't expect those kinds of songs to go No. 1 on Billboard or be the most played radio song because it's not made for that," Afrojack said in an exclusive interview with Yahoo! Music. "It's made to make a statement and to make like fresh music and inspire other people. If we wanted to do a No. 1 hit record we would have done [something like] 'Give Me Everything.'"
The Dutch artist born Nick van de Wall, who recently released his single "Can't Stop Me," also discussed the origins of his stage moniker and the growing trend of DJs turned producers.
(Interview courtesy of Dial Global's "Backstage at the Grammys" brought to you by Turbo Tax and Mastercard.)
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