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Why the Grammys Made the Category – Billboard

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In the past decade, only one video-game soundtrack for the 2012 title journey, has received Grammy nod for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. That number could increase fivefold this year due to the addition of a new category: Best Score soundtracks for video games and other interactive media.

Although video-game scores may not be as mainstream as TV and film, well-known composers such as Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino have validated the relevance and importance of video-game music, as have contributed scores to popular franchises. call of duty And medal of Honor, “People have realized that game music is serious music,” says Brian Schmidt, president of the Game Audio Network Guild. “Modern video games tend to have scores that, in addition to serving as the emotional foundation of many games, reflect the incredible artistry of the musicians, producers, performers, and other actors involved in its creation. It’s thrilling to see Recording Academy play it.” Video-games recognizes music as the unique art form that it has become.”

Some new names could make their mark in video-game music this year. Some of the 2022 most likely candidates to receive nominations in the new category will have soundtracks Horizon Forbidden West, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II And God of War Ragnarok,

Schmidt has been advocating for this inclusion for decades, first contacting the Academy in 1999 to discuss a Grammy category—and crediting the field’s growing popularity as one of the reasons why the Academy finally gave up on video-game music. has been recognized. “Today,” he says, “artists record covers of sports music, symphony orchestras play concerts of sports music, and fans flock to conventions dedicated to sports music.”

This story originally appeared in the July 30, 2022 issue Billboard.

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Reference from www.billboard.com

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