Video games music now in Grammy Awards

13 Apr 2011

Soundtracks to video games will be receiving recognition at the Grammy Awards, now that the US Recording Academy has amended categories to include the tunes.

Music from video games now fall under the Music for Visual Media field, previously known as Film, Television and Other Visual Media.

The new field includes three categories: Best Compilation Soundtrack, Best Score Soundtrack and Best Song. What’s new here are the descriptors for the awards, now described as “Motion Picture, Television, Video Games or Other Visual Media.”

Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu won a Grammy this February in a category unrelated to gaming, even though the song is in Civilization 4. It won Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists following its inclusion on Tin’s 2009 album Calling All Dawns.

Other changes the US Recording Academy made recently include reducing the number of Grammy Awards categories from from 109 to 78.