The Recording Academy is changing up The Grammys with the addition of five new award categories including Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games.
The new categories will be incorporated into the 2023 Grammys, officially known as the 65th Grammy Awards, meaning those who work in the field of game music will have a chance to claim one of the highest honors in the music industry.
According to organizers, the new award will specifically recognize “excellence in score soundtrack albums comprised predominately of original scores and created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current video game or other interactive media released within the qualification period.”
Game music has made an appearance at the Grammys prior to this, of course, with Journey composer Austin Wintory receiving a nomination in 2014 for his work on thatgamecompany’s acclaimed adventure.
Wintory received a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media, marking the first time a video game soundtrack had been nominated in that category.
Prior to that, Christopher Tin brought game music to the Grammys in 2011 when his track ‘Baba Yetu,’ originally penned for Civilisation IV, was included on his Grammy-nominated album Calling All Dawns.
‘Baba Yetu’ eventually won the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist award, and that victory that was emulated earlier this year when The 8-Bit Big Band won in the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella category for their take on ‘Meta Knight’s Revenge’ from Kirby Super Star.