DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs award ceremony

I’m sure lots of people will have seen this video from the DJ Magazine Top 100 awards ceremony in Amsterdam last night.

Personally I find it a very difficult and excruciating watch.

I don’t really see the point in encouraging djs to campaign for votes and then ranking them using the results.

What is the point in ranking djs anyway?  DJ-ing isn’t a sport and places in the world are not dictated by winning matches.

No, I find it a difficult watch for several reasons:

Firstly, Armin van Buuren is clearly nervous and rather embarrassed by the situation.

Secondly, David Guetta is unnerved by the reaction of the crowd and then goes on to give a short very gracious and positive speech about dance music.

Thirdly, I’m appalled by the reaction of the crowd.

Whatever you may think of the result – let us not forget this is supposed to be a democratic vote – I think it is bad manners to boo someone who actually appears rather embarrassed and humbled to have won.  I think David Guetta deserved better than that.

Perhaps the crowd didn’t hear the announcement properly and the timing of the fireworks is definitely wrong but this is just awful.

David Guetta, Armin van Buuren and other djs on this list (and plenty of others not on this list) regularly bring together people from around the world through their passion for Electronic Dance Music.  They break down barriers and connect people in a way politicians can only dream about and most of them do it through sheer talent, creativity, risk-taking and hard work.

I think that deserves some respect and is something to be celebrated – whatever musical tribe or genre is your particular ‘thing’.

So, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Avicii, Afrojack, Dash Berlin and all the others on this list I salute you.

And spare a thought for all the people not on this list (for whatever reason) who have bought joy and entertainment into the lives of so many around the world through their passion for dance.

To you all, thank you for the music and some of the most memorable experiences of our lives.

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