Video game music is recognized as one of the popular art waves worldwide. Now, the Grammys, too, will evaluate the masterpieces created for PC and various console games. Come 2023, gamers will be able to find out the best soundtrack for video games!
So, What About Video Game Music?
Since the start, the Grammy Awards hoped to find new prominent figures in the music industry. That included composers, singers, songwriters, and others. In 2023, even gamers will be motivated to join in and watch the awards ceremony for video game music. After all, the Grammys has added a new category for the next ceremony: The Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media. It will recognize “excellence in score soundtrack albums comprised predominately of original scores and created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current videogame or other interactive media released within the qualification period,” according to the Grammy Awards announcement post.
In addition to the video game music appearing in the Grammys, the 2023 ceremony will include new categories like Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Alternative Music Performance, Best Americana Performance, and Best Spoken Word Poetry Album. The Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. shared his happiness as the announcement dropped. “We’re so excited to honor these diverse communities of music creators through the newly established awards and amendments, and to continue cultivating an environment that inspires change, progress and collaboration,” he said. Mason also reassured viewers that the Grammy Awards’ point is to show and share music that they enjoy. “The Academy’s top priority is to effectively represent the music people that we serve, and each year, that entails listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-evolving industry,” CEO explained.
History Changed With “Baba Yetu”
It’s about time to spotlight video game music, which has been around for over a decade. Since the start of gaming, countless creators included their soundtracks on game CDs. They hoped fans would stick CDs straight into a regular CD player. By buying a video game disc, gamers also acquired an original music piece. Since then, video game music has become a popular genre in itself. In 2020, Valve upgraded music collecting to buying albums individually. The company put a new soundtrack category on Steam, where users usually purchased games for their PC. It’s the first time users bought soundtracks as standalone software, not DLC to the pre-owned piece.
Fortunately, a game soundtrack has already won its first Grammy award! In 2011, “Baba Yetu” by Christopher Tin won the award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. Originally, though, it was composed as the theme song for Civilization 4 in 2005. 2013 also saw composer Austin nominated for a Grammy for his Journey soundtrack. “Some of my friends and colleagues have been trying to push the Grammys to create a special video game category for a long time now, and the Grammys have been slow to adapt,” Tin commented. “But as the game industry grows, and as its footprint becomes undeniable within our popular culture landscape, the Grammys has finally acknowledged its importance.”
Now, all gamers and music lovers can join the 2023 Grammy Awards on January 21, 2023.