OK, so once in Grammy history has an award gone to a video game song. This was in 2011, when Baba Yetu from Civilization IV won the “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists” category at the 53rd awards ceremony (view the Wikipedia article here).
The field opened up in April 2012, when the Recording Academy opened up the following categories to video game music:
Best Music for Visual Media
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media
That December, the score for the video game Journey was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Video game scores and songs are recognized by several other associations each year, including:
The Game Awards (produced by Geoff Keighley, who before worked on the Spike Video Game Awards):
- 2014 Best Score/Soundtrack – Destiny
- 2014 Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media nominees (winners will be announced February 19th)
- Assassin’s Creed: Unity, music by Chris Tilton and Sarah Schachner
- The Banner Saga, music by Austin Wintory
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, music by Óscar Araujo
- Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, music by Geoff Knorr, Griffin Cohen, Michael Curran and Grant Kirkhope
- World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, music by Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Clint Bajakian, Sam Cardon, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, Edo Guidotti and Eímear Noone
What are some of your favorite video game songs and scores? Leave a comment below!