Grammy restructuring welcomes video games to the fold

Earlier this year, Christopher Tin won the first Grammy award for a song featured in a video game. Now the floodgates may be about to open. Grammy

The Recording Academy has announced a restructuring of its awards that will put games on equal footing with film and television for the first time.

Four categories now openly welcome video game music:

  • * The Music for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
  • * Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
  • * Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
  • * Best Song Written for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)

“Every year, we diligently examine our Awards structure to develop an overall guiding vision and ensure that it remains a balanced and viable process,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Academy. “After careful and extensive review and analysis of all Categories and Fields, it was objectively determined that our Grammy Categories be restructured to the continued competition and prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music.”

Tin’s Grammy, for the track “Baba Yetu,” sort of snuck a gaming song in the back door last year. Though it first appeared in 2005’s “Civilization IV,” the song wasn’t eligible until it appeared on an audio recording in 2009. This rule change eliminates that eligibility hurdle.

Grammy officials say they’ve never had a problem with including video game music. Rather, they say, publishers never bothered to submit entries. With the changes, they’re hoping to change that.

“Many people from the game community have been asking us to create a special category for games over the years, but the main reason we haven’t is because we have received very few entries from game publishers,” Bill Freimuth, vice president of The Academy, told IndustryGamers

 

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