History was made at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, along with a bit of unintentional comedy from one presenter.
Held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and hosted by comedian Trevor Noah, the 65th annual event was the first to include a category to specifically recognize video game music with the new “Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media” award. This was won by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in recognition of composer Stephanie Economou’s work.
As part of her acceptance speech Economou said,
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.
The celebratory occasion was slightly marred when presenter and comedian Randy Rainbow bungled the announcement.
can’t stop laughing at this guy announcing the Grammy win for Assassin's Creed Valhalla pic.twitter.com/vz9bTVZFTX
— Wendell (@RhodeToLove) February 5, 2023
The other nominees for the award were,
- Austin Wintory for Aliens: Fireteam Elite
- Bear McCreary for Call of Duty: Vanguard
- Richard Jacques for Guardians of the Galaxy
- Christopher Tin for Old World
The Grammy Awards are presented by The Recording Academy to “recognize outstanding achievements in the music industry.” The event, with its iconic “gramophone award” trophy presented to winners, is considered one of the most prestigious in the entertainment industry.