Congratulations on the legendary win, Assasin's Creed Valhalla...
For the first time ever in 65 years of Grammy's history, a category was created for the background scores for video games. And guess who bagged the first-ever Grammy in this category, Assasin's Creed. A momentous occasion indeed. While video games have been nominated before but they never had a category of their own. Composer Economou couldn't believe it, she said she was grateful to Ubisoft. Before moving on to her acceptance speech let's have a look at the nominees in this new category that has been rightfully named "Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games/Interactive Media"
The nominees were veteran games composer Austin Wintory, Bear McCreary for Call of Duty: Vanguard, Richard Jacques for Guardians of the Galaxy, Christopher Tin again for the Civ-like Old World, and Stephanie Economou for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla’s expansion Dawn of Ragnarok. The person who announced the award was clearly not exposed to the world of video games and was kind of trolled online following his announcement. Comedian Randy Rainbow, who was also a nominee in the best comedy album category, clearly didn't know what he was reading. But, netizens were too harsh afterward and should have cut him slack as it was his first time at the Grammy, and was given a to read Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok and not Beyonce. C'mon now, you know that it could have been you!
The legendary moment even got overshadowed by this small thing that happened on stage. Here's a video of the announcement... In her acceptance speech, Economou thanked everyone who had a hand in making the game what it is today, as well as the people who fought tirelessly to help get video game music recognized on a global level. She also thanks the "remarkable musicians" without whom the music would not have garnered the fanbase it did. She continued, "Lastly, I just want to recognize all of the people who fought tirelessly to bring this category of video game music into existence."
"Thank you for acknowledging and validating the power of game music. This is truly such an honor."
Quick facts, Christopher Tin’s Civilization IV intro was the first ever video game soundtrack to have received a Grammy, which happened back in 2011. The original soundtrack of Assasin's Creed Valhalla soundtrack was also used in the show Vikings if you didn't already know. The Grammy was awarded during the main show's pre-segment, hosted by Randy Rainbow, and not Trevor Noah.