British dance duo Basement Jaxx were shocked by their Grammy win on Sunday (13FEB05), because of America's "homophobic" attitude to house music.

The London DJs - comprising SIMON RATCLIFFE and FELIX BUXTON - picked up the Best Electronic/Dance Album gong for KISH KASH at the star-studded bash in Los Angeles.

Ratcliffe says, "It's nice to be recognised in America because dance music hasn't figured much in American consciousness for a long time.

"American music has inspired us for years - we started because we wanted to be like American DJs and producers, although that's still very underground.

"I think there's a bit of a homophobic/gay thing here with house music which is a shame, but for us in England, we're like 'Whatever, it's good music, so it's cool.'"

14/02/2005 21:42