The Grammys will now recognize music from video games

The ceremony, which has honored music every year since 1958, finally touches music for video games.

The Grammy Awards Academy yesterday announced the addition of five categories that will be featured in the next edition. These include Best Political Song, Best Spoken Words (or Poetry) Album, and Best Video Game Soundtrack. To be precise, the exact category is called “Best Soundtrack for a Video Game or Other Interactive Media”. This is the first American ceremony that, since 1959, has nonetheless awarded the soundtrack to a movie or television series. However, the video game has already taken its place at the Grammy Awards in a somewhat garbled fashion.

The video game is (officially) a Grammy Award winner.

Those who followed the latest ceremony in early April already know it: the odd but adorable pink balloon left the Los Angeles Convention Center with a trophy under its arm.

Conductors Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman received the award for Best Arrangement for their stunning jazz interpretation of the Meta Knight theme from the film’s soundtrack. Kirby Superstar. An arrangement of music by 8-bit Big Band and Button Masher that will be remembered as the second video game song to win a Grammy.

We have to go back to 2010 to find the first winner. This is Christopher Ting, historical license partner for the strategy game. Civilizationwho convinced the members of the academy thanks to the location of his flagship title Baba Yetu (opening theme Civilization IV), at which the Soweto gospel choir came to give us goosebumps.

In 2013, composer Austin Wintory was also nominated for Best Original Score by Visual Media for the soundtrack to Travel. Finally, the duo, consisting of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, received an award thanks to the soundtrack to the film. Millennium: Men Who Didn’t Like Women.

The most significant soundtracks in the history of video games

Gamers know that video game music didn’t wait for Christopher Tin to be remembered and earn the attention of the Grammy Academy. If we can rejoice in the addition of a special category to this ceremony, watched by over 10 million viewers every year, it’s impossible not to take advantage of the news to highlight some of the award-winning soundtracks. all this time.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, Nintendo)

Not content with being the author of most of the music Super MarioKoji Kondo is also the one who gave the series its musical nobility. The Legend of Zelda. And it’s up Breath of the Wild. This means that the creativity of a sixty-year-old man is not damaged.

Final Fantasy VII (1997, 2020, Square Enix)

Can’t miss: Final Fantasy VII remains one of the most iconic video game soundtracks today. Composed, like almost all licensed titles, by Nobuo Uematsu, it was eligible for a complete overhaul in 2020 on the occasion of the release Remake of Final Fantasy VII.

assassin’s creed 2 (2009, Ubisoft)

Entrusted to Dane Jesper Kyd, Original Motion Picture Soundtrackassassin’s creed 2 so marked spirits that its subject, Ezio family, since then it has become the musical common denominator of absolutely all the opuses that followed the license.

Halo (2001, Bungie)

The most famous Xbox console license and recently adapted series, Halo it’s not just a game that changed the FPS codes. To this day, it remains one of those titles where a few notes are enough to immediately plunge back into its universe.

Deny (2010, Square Enix)

The weirdest game ever (and that’s putting it mildly) Deny has long been a connoisseur’s recommendation. Revealed thanks to remastering in 2021 and taking advantage of the aspiration Nier Automata which is far more compelling, it also owes its popularity to the unrelenting grandeur of Keiichi Okabe’s compositions.