Kaskade Crowned Best DJ

America has voted, and like Nixon in ’68, the former runner-up has ascended to the top spot. Unlike Nixon in ’68, we’re assuming Kaskade isn’t going to bug the Democrats, although he does have some sweet new audio technology at his disposal in the form of the gold-plated Pioneer mixer he received at Marquee on Oct. 9 for winning DJ Times magazine’s 2011 America’s Best DJ award.

Last year, Kaskade—a fixture at Encore Beach Club—finished second to DJ Qbert, who wasn’t eligible this year. The 2009 winner, Z-Trip, took third behind rising sensation Skrillex. In all, the Top 10 was heavy on Vegas favorites, including Steve Aoki (fifth), Diplo (sixth), Wolfgang Gartner (seventh) and A-Trak (eighth).

DJ Pauly D, who last year caused some grumbling in the DJ community with an eighth-place finish, just missed the Top 10 this time, coming in 11th. His hair finished a disappointing 38th, largely based on its pedestrian remix of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

Kaskade collected his award at The Library bar in Marquee with Z-Trip there for his successor’s night. Jason Lema and Scotty Boy (himself fifth in the voting in 2009 and 10th last year) held it down before Kaskade did an hour-long set. Erick Morillo (34th this year) and EDX were also in the crowd, while ubiquitous-track slingers LMFAO did a little time themselves.

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