The nominees for the 55th Grammy awards are now up, with the choices for “Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media” featuring the likes of The Adventures Of Tintin, The Dark Knight Rises, and..Journey?!
That’s right, Austin Wintory’s marvelous work on the emotionally captivating thatgamecompany-developed Journey got a Grammy nomination. Videogame music at the Grammy’s is a fairly recent phenomenon, with Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu” from Civilization 4 winning a Grammy for “”Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists”" back in 2011. This marks the first time an game’s entire score gets nominated, however.
I’d love to see Journey trounce its (admittedly) intimidating competition, which includes John Williams’ The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn, Hans Zimmer’s The Dark Knight Rises, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ludovic Bource’s The Artist, and Howard Shore’s Hugo.
Say what you want about the Grammy’s (GWAR’s Oderus Urungus has a few choice words about them that I happen to agree with), but seeing a videogame composer being recognized in a mainstream award ceremony like this is a momentous occasion.