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The EM Awards expand on global platforms and highlight equal representation in 2018

The genre's own awards show takes place on November 8

  • Cameron Holbrook
  • 23 July 2018

Following its highly successful 2017 debut, the second edition of The Electronic Music Awards (EM Awards) returns to Los Angeles’ Downtown Arts District this year on November 8.

Operating under the slogan “We're All The Same On The Dance Floor”, the awards show will honor the artists and creatives who have excelled across the global electronic music scene in 13 categories, including Album of the Year, DJ of the Year, Single of the Year, Record of the Year, Live Act of the Year, Best New Artist, Club of the Year and more. (See a full list of last year’s winners here.)

“We try to get everybody involved in a sense that reflects the whole community,” says co-founder and executive producer Luke Alan, giving an exclusive scoop on operations behind-the-scenes. As Paul Oakenfold’s manager, Alan teamed up with the renowned DJ to create the unorthodox awards show to celebrate all aspects of the genre. “We try our hardest to make the show available to an international audience, since we're just so big as a global genre."

This year, the show will be hosted not only on Twitter as it was previously, but also on Facebook, YouTube and PlayStation to reach domestic and global audiences. In an effort to give viewers and attendees the "full awards show experience," the event will feature a centralized awards area where the winners will be announced throughout the night. "There's still no real sitting down, and there's still no getting up and doing acceptance speeches, but there [will be an] on-site reveal for each award which can also be streamed online.”

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