The AC Valhalla soundtrack receives the first-ever video game Grammy Award
The Grammys, which are among the most prestigious music awards in the world, have created a new category just for video games. Today, the inaugural Grammy Award for “Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media” was presented to Stephanie Economou, the soundtrack composer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok.
Participants included Austin Wintory who was nominated for Aliens: Fireteam Elite, Bear McCreary was nominated for Call of Duty: Vanguard, Richard Jacques was nominated for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Christopher Tin was nominated for Old World. Only Tin had previously won a Grammy for the musical arrangement of Baba Yetu, a song he originally produced for Civilization 4.
Economou, on the other hand, won somewhat of an underdog triumph. Although she is an accomplished violinist and composer, her compositions for Assassin’s Creed: The Siege of Paris and Dawn of Ragnarok were her first forays into the realm of video game composing.
In an interview with Billboard, Economou stated:
I was glad to be able to do that, but I’m – as the video game world would say – such a newbie when it comes to video game scoring. It’s hard to get nominated alongside these literal titans of video game music; I’m so honored to be in their company, but I’m not sure I belong either. I believe most artists feel that way, but I’m incredibly honored and extremely pleased with the soundtrack.
You can listen to the entire Dawn of Ragnarok track on YouTube, where you can also find the Old World, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Aliens: Fireteam soundtracks, if you want to decide for yourself whether the award was deserved or not. not.
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