In the opinion of many people, video game composers are often overlooked when it comes to honor and recognition. While movies are often praised for their musical score, people like Kenji Yamamoto, Nobuo Uematsu, and Koji Kondo are not even considered for such things as a GRAMMY.
However, the next GRAMMY Awards will see a small change in four categories. While there will not be a specific grouping for video games, those composers will be open for nomination in existing categories. Those four, now amended, read as follows:
- The Music for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
- Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
- Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
- Best Song Written for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
The IndustryGamers over at GameDaily had an exclusive interview with Bill Freimuth, Vice President, Awards, The Recording Academy.
“I think this could be viewed as a first step in the direction of video games getting their own category,” [...] “Many people from the game community have been asking us to create a special category for games over the years, but the main reason we haven’t is because we have received very few entries from game publishers.”
Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive, Music, Electronic Arts, goes on to state,
“Games today are a huge part of the entertainment industry and the music scores being created for them are very unique sounding in many cases compared to film,” [...] “I believe that music for games has to take its own place from other genres to gain respect by the mainstream audience and the GRAMMY category will help achieve this.”
What other changes will we see in the future, regarding video game music in the GRAMMY Awards? We will have to wait and see, but there is no doubt that the future is looking brighter for those who write the beautiful music used in the games we love.