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Video Game Grammy Nominees Announced

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A few months ago, the Recording Academy announced that it was adding five new categories to its annual Grammy Awards, including a new category just for video game soundtracks and other interactive media. A video game Grammy Award has been a long time coming, considering the medium has produced some of the most notable musical scores of the past 20 years. Just yesterday, The Game Awards announced their top picks for the highest score with Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Infernal singer of metal, Ring of Elden, God of War Ragnarockand A Plague Tale: Requiem make the cut. None of these games are ready for the inaugural video game Grammy soundtrack, but that likely has to do with the release schedule and other requirements that might not have been met.

Instead, the five games nominated for Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media are:

  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite (Composer: Austin Wintory)
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok (Composer: Stéphanie Economou)
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (Composer: Bear McCreary)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Composer: Richard Jacques)
  • old world (Composer: Christopher Tin)

Your guess is as good as mine as to what old world is, but there are few recognizable names on this list. Bear McCreary is perhaps best known in the industry for his work composing films like Godzilla: King of the Monstersas well as video games like God of the war and God of War Ragnarok. Austin Wintory is also a name you should know, given his work on titles like Journey and The Banner Saga trilogy.

To find out who wins the first video game Grammy, tune in to the Grammy pre-show on February 5, where that award is most likely to be presented.

CJ Andriessen

Exactly what the internet needs: yet another white man writing about video games.