The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences decided disco should be part of the Grammy Awards party on this day back in 1980 with Gloria Gaynor‘s “I Will Survive,” awarding the starlet the first and last nod for Best Disco Recording. Come 1981 – not so much. The summer of ’79 saw so unprecedented protests. There were “Disco Sucks!” campaigns. People had assembled in Chicago to blow up the genre in effigy. Disco had died. Not to the chagrin of Gaynor one bit, of course, as “I WIll Survive” still perseveres as one pop music’s most triumphant swings. “When you are knocked down you get back up, shrug off the hit and survive,” Gaynor reiterated in 2012 when the song was re-hornored with a spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Though this one’s for you, disco hearts – may you always “hold your head up high,” have all your “life to live” and “love to give” in the sparkly club in the great dance floor sky:
Go on now go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?