Video Game Music Makes it to The Grammys: Who Are The Nominees? - Prima Games

Video Game Music Makes it to The Grammys: Who Are The Nominees?

History awaits five composers of video game music at the 65th Grammy Awards!

by Ashley Anthony
65th Grammy Awards 2023 | Nominee for Best Video Game Music

History awaits five composers of video game music at the 65th Grammy Awards!

For the first time in the history of the auspicious event, they have included a category explicitly dedicated to video game music. The section is titled: Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media.

In this post, we will cover the following:

  • When will the Grammys be held?
  • Where will the awards be held?
  • Who are the nominees for the first Video Game Music Grammy?

When Will the Grammys Be Held?

The next Grammy Awards ceremony, the 56th edition, will be on a Sunday, February 5, 2023. Excitingly, for a third consecutive year, the host will be the South African comedian and former presenter of The Daily Show: Trevor Noah.

Where Will the Awards Be Held?

The live event returns to Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena after missing out to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas earlier this year in March. Crypto.com Arena has held the Grammys more than any other venue in the US, playing home to the celebration 19 times already.

Who Are the Nominees for the First Video Game Music Grammy?

Five composers will hopefully attend the awards night next year in February, with the expectancy of going down in gaming history as the first to win the newly inducted class. 

The nominees for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media are: 

  • Composer: Austin Wintory
    Aliens: Fireteam Elite
  • Composer: Stephanie Economou
    Game: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarok
  • Composer: Bear McCreary
    Game: Call Of Duty®: Vanguard
  • Composer: Richard Jacques
    Game: Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
  • Composer: Christopher Tin
    Game: Old World

Here you can find the complete list of nominees for all categories: 2023 GRAMMY Nominations: See The Complete Nominees List. There is a second section on the list of nominees that also recognizes video games. Unfortunately, no video game received a nomination for Best Song Written For Visual Media.

It’s long overdue that the Grammys recognize score soundtracks from our favorite games. For far too long now, we’ve seen video game bangers go unnoticed while viral clips circle of soundtracks from video games being used by famous DJs at major events.

You can read Lucas White’s post on how Kirby Superstar Arrangement was a surprise winner of a Grammy earlier this year: Kirby Superstar Arrangement Wins Grammy Award.

Ashley Anthony

Ashley has been writing content for the web for seven years and counting. He has recently entered the realm of video game journalism with Prima Games but is no novice to gaming. While there is time to kick back and relax, Ashley’s trying to hit the winning run in on MLB, score a last-minute goal in FIFA or is busy killing a sinister boss in some RPG title.