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Artist Icon Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (2010)
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Genre Icon Dubstep


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Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites is the second EP by American electronic music producer Skrillex. It was released exclusively through Beatport on October 22, 2010 through mau5trap and Big Beat Records, while being released on December 20 for digital download via other online retailers and on March 1, 2011 as a physical release. Recorded in 2010 at his apartment using a laptop, the EP is prominently a dubstep record while also using elements of electro house and progressive house. "Rock n' Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)" and "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" use a sound clip of Rachael Nedrow (also known as "speedstackinggirl") shouting "Yes, oh my God!" The EP features guest contributions from Penny, Foreign Beggars and Bare Noize while also featuring remixes done by Noisia, Zedd and Bare Noize. It won two Grammys at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards; one for Best Dance Recording, and the other for Best Dance/Electronica Album.
The EP has received generally positive reviews from music critics. It has since become a moderate commercial success reaching number 49 on the Billboard 200, while also topping the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and reaching number 28 in Australia. As of November 2011, the EP was certified Gold in Canada with sales exceeding 40,000 copies. The EP's lead single, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites", was a moderate commercial success internationally, peaking within the charts of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Sweden. It has since been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with sales exceeding 500,000. On November 30, 2011, it was announced that the EP was nominated at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album. On February 12, 2012, the album won the Grammy for that category. A follow-up EP, More Monsters and Sprites, contains several remixes of the title track done by Dirtyphonics, Phonat, The Juggernaut and Kaskade. It is named after David Bowie's 1980 album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).
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