WMC 2019 Announcement: The 33rd Annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) Announces Nominees

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 |

Voting is now open for the 33rd annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMA)!

By visiting wmc2020.ultra.us/idma/, the public will be able to participate in the voting process for dance music’s longest-running, most inclusive and credible awards program. This year’s nominees were determined by Viberate – the world’s biggest crowdsourced platform for listing and mapping the live music industry – and the IDMA Advisory Board, a panel composed of major players within the electronic music community, including notable artists, managers, agents, publicists and promoters.

The IDMAs cap off an exciting Winter Music Conference (WMC) jam-packed with exciting keynote speakers and panels composed of dance music’s top artists and industry luminaries. In addition daytime programming, each WMC badge holder will also have access to attend over 20 sanctioned WMC events free of charge. Get your business done by day and blow off steam at night with parties featuring top talent, including Danny Tenaglia, Chocolate Puma, Aly & Fila, Anthony Attalla, Steve Lawler, Luciano, EDX, Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, Matthew Dear and more. View the full list of WMC programming and sanctioned events.

Adding to the excitement, WMC reaches new heights with the addition of the legendary Shaquille O’Neal, who takes to the big stage with his managers Joe Silberzweig and Adam Richman for a conversation about his electronic music alter ego, DJ Diesel, and the evolution of his Shaq’s Fun House brand. Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant basketball players in NBA history and is now also one of the greatest entertainers on earth – this conversation is not to be missed!

Shaquille O'Neal DJ Diesel

WMC is pleased to announce its newest partners, including Virgin Voyages and Red Bull, and recently confirmed artists, including Paavo Siljamäki (Above & Beyond), A-Trak, Craze, DJ Tennis and Louie Vega, who will be participating at this year’s event. 

The complete list of IDMA categories and nominees…

***IDMA Advisory Board Categories***

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Alison Wonderland
Loud Luxury
Peggy Gou
San Holo

Best Pop/Electronic Album
Above & Beyond Common Ground
Alison Wonderland Awake
David Guetta 7
Sofi Tukker Treehouse

Best Electronic Album
Against All Logic 2012-2017
DJ Koze Knock Knock
Jon Hopkins Singularity
REZZ Certain Kind of Magic
San Holo Album1

Best Pop/Electronic Song
Feenixpawl “Neon Sky”
Loud Luxury “Body”
Marshmello “Happier”
Silk City & Dua Lipa “Electricity”
Tiesto & Post Malone “Jackie Chan”

Best Electronic Song
Adam Beyer “Losing My Mind”
Camelphat & Au/Ra “Panic Room”
Fisher “Losing It”
DJ Koze “Pick Up”
Peggy Gou “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)”

Best Remix
Bicep “Opal” (Four Tet Remix)
Charlie Puth “How Long” (EDX Remix)
Fatboy Slim “Praise You” (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Halsey “Without Me” (Illenium Remix)
Lou Rawls “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” (Frankie Knuckles, Kenny Summit & Eric Kupper Remix)

Best Label
Armada Music
Ultra Music

Best Club
Avant Gardner / Brooklyn Mirage, New York
Bootshaus, Cologne
Printworks, London
Sound, Los Angeles
Space, Miami

Best Festival
Electric Forest
Electric Daisy Carnival

Best Podcast/Radio Show
Armin Van Buuren A State Of Trance
Tiësto Club Life
Pete Tong BBC Radio 1
Nora En Pure Purified
Monstercat Call of the Wild

Best Radio Station
BBC Radio 1
Evolution iHeartRadio
KNHC C89.5 Seattle
Rinse FM
SiriusXM BPM

Best Streaming Service
Apple Music

Best YouTube Channel
Majestic Casual
Spinnin’ TV

Best DJ Equipment Manufacturer
Allen & Heath
Denon DJ
Native Instruments
Pioneer DJ

Best DAW
Ableton Live 10
FL Studio
Logic Pro
Pro Tools
Steinberg Cubase

***Artist Categories powered by Viberate***

Best Male Artist (Pop/Electronic)
DJ Snake
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

Best Female Artist (Pop/Electronic)
Juicy M

Best Male Artist (Techno)
Adam Beyer
Boris Brejcha
Carl Cox
Richie Hawtin
Stephan Bodzin

Best Female Artist (Techno)
Amelie Lens
Charlotte de Witte
Deborah De Luca
Monika Kruse
Nina Kraviz

Best Male Artist (House)
Duke Dumont
Vintage Culture

Best Female Artist (House)
Honey Dijon
Maya Jane Coles
Nora En Pure
Peggy Gou
The Black Madonna

Best Male Artist (Bass)
Louis the Child
RL Grime
San Holo

Best Female Artist (Bass)
Alison Wonderland
Laura Escudé
Huxley Anne
Lady Bee

Best Male Artist (Trance)
Above & Beyond
Armin van Buuren
Gareth Emery
Markus Schulz
Paul van Dyk

Best Female Artist (Trance)
Christina Novelli
Maria Healy
Nathia Kate
Orla Feeney

Best Male Artist (Drum n’ Bass)
Andy C
Chase & Status
Delta Heavy
Hybrid Minds

Best Female Artist (Drum & Bass)
DJ Rap
DJ Storm
Mollie Collins

Best Male Artist (Downtempo)
Petit Biscuit
Thievery Corporation

Best Female Artist (Downtempo)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Lil Bo Weep
Sister Bliss

Best Male Artist (Hardstyle)
Brennan Heart

Best Female Artist (Hardstyle)
DJ Stephanie
Lady Faith
Miss K8

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Running concurrently with Winter Music Conference in Miami, FL (March 25-28 in the spectacular Faena District), the IDMAs generate over two million votes annually from music enthusiasts in 209 countries and territories to recognize and honor exceptional achievements in various award categories.


2019 marks the first fully-programmed WMC since it was announced in March 2018 that the organizers behind Ultra Worldwide, the world’s most successful independent, international music festival brand, had acquired the Winter Music Conference (founded in 1985) and International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) properties. The Ultra Worldwide acquisition aims to restore WMC’s status as the must-attend dance music industry and networking conference in the world. A property unlike any other, WMC’s exclusive hotel partner, The Faena, was named by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 hotel in Miami Beach for two consecutive years (2017 & 2018) via their prestigious readers poll.


Faena Forum is a pioneering public venue dedicated to presenting and showcasing the ambitious, the innovative and the groundbreaking in fields ranging from art and entertainment to business and beyond. Faena Forum, evocative of the ancient civic and architectural concept of a forum, aims to offer Miami a dynamic setting, allowing for ongoing programming under the direction of Faena Art, as well as use by private companies, institutions, and individuals.

Alan Faena worked closely with OMA, the firm founded by Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, partner at OMA and Director of the New York office, who served as the lead architect for the three buildings, to ensure the 43,000 square-foot Forum is designed for ultimate flexibility. The space accommodates everything from a temporary culinary pop up to an acoustically optimal concert. Two volumes, a cylinder and a cube that are similar in size, can be combined or subdivided to support any type of production, from projects and commissions to performances, exhibitions and events. The building has two main levels. The lobby amphitheater features pink marble floors and technical capabilities for surround projections. The upper floor assembly hall features a 40-foot-high dome with a central glazed oculus and a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking Indian Creek. A walkway that spirals up the interior wall of the Forum from street level to the top of the dome which provides visitors with a range of perspectives on the space.


Miami is a city that has experienced the transformative power of the arts. With this conviction in mind, Alan Faena and Len Blavatnik debuted Faena Hotel Miami Beach in December 2015, marking the first phase of openings in the Faena District Miami Beach. A new neighborhood rooted in the arts, Faena District will help catalyze a cultural renaissance in Miami and further enhance its reputation as a vital link between North and South.

Located in the heart of Miami Beach, Faena District stretches north from 32nd Street to 36th Street, between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek. Every single one of its elements defies convention while promoting cultural inclusiveness that will benefit the entire community.

Faena District is the result of a collaboration between some of the most talented and creative minds who continue to challenge existing concepts of culture, entertainment and community. By integrating art, architecture, nature and technology, Faena District has changed the physical and cultural landscape of Miami Beach forever.

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Winter Music Conference is my ground zero. It has always provided the perfect storm of opportunity and excitement for up and coming artists, including myself back in 2003, where I first caught a glimpse of how it felt to have an audience respond to my work. Over the years, I’ve always made it a point to have WMC in my calendar because that’s the spot where everyone congregates and you can feel it in the air. Creativity, brother and sisterhood, FUN and most of all the chance to come together as a community and celebrate the reason we are all here—the music.”



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Jonas Tempel

Beatport, Co-Founder

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DJ/Intec Records

I first went to WMC ’87, the year I started Big Beat. It was an incredibly inspiring congregation of indie labels, DJs, artists, songwriters, producers and dance music lovers dedicated to breaking and discovering new music. WMC has been instrumental in furthering the dance and electronic cause; keeping the community connected, vital and relevant, and serving as an amazing springboard for talent. It’s a fantastic crucible for the future of dance music. Long may it live.

Craig Kallman

CEO & Co-Chairman Atlantic Records, Founder Big Beat Records

Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community. All throughout the 90s I was often getting written about by various high profile mags and websites for having contributed to help break many artists, DJs, producers and remixers. WMC enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof, especially at Groove Jet, where house music officially met Techno in my sets and it’s all been uphill since…TBC

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DJ, Producer