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The 2023 Grammy Awards are adding a "Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media" category

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The academy is also introducing Best Alternative Music Performance, Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games, and other categories



Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media
Recognizes 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.


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  • 7 months later...

I missed this thread when it was first posted. This feels bittersweet. On the one hand “about time” on the other hand we have long passed some really really really amazing sound tracks. Simpson’s memes not withstanding, it would be nice to see some of them get the recognition they deserve on a stage as publicized and watched as the Grammys. 

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Mass Effect 2 has some great soundtracks. I'd bet this was brought on by musicians and composers petitioning to get the category included. They make get so much work from gaming now and probably are producing some of their best work in the medium without overbearing producers telling them how to do their jobs. They can also experiement more than they could in other mediums. People really underestimate how important music is in different media.

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10 hours ago, Spawn_of_Apathy said:

wait, it just dawned on me, but that game came out in 2020. How long can something be out and still win a Grammy? 


I believe it's for the soundtrack to one of the latest expansions for Valhalla, not the vanilla game. 

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Also, not that it directly applies to that particular question, the eligibility period for Grammys are weird. Like the recent awards period was from October 1 2021 to September 30 2022.


11 hours ago, TheLeon said:

Shout-out to the first piece of video game music to win a (very niche) Grammy (on an album released several years after the game): 


Absolute banger


Interestingly enough he was also nominated this year for the soundtrack to Old World



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