History happened last night during the 55th Grammy Awards Nominees special. For the first time ever, a full video game soundtrack was nominated in the category of “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.” The game in question is none other than thatgamecompany’s Journey. The soundtrack was composed by Austin Wintory.
Journey competes against the likes of The Adventures of Tintin (John Williams), The Dark Knight Rises (Hanz Zimmer), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Trent Reznor), Hugo (Howard Shore) and The Artist (Ludovic Bource). The odds are definitely stacked against Wintory and Journey, but just being nominated is a huge step for video games being taken more seriously as a legitimate expression of art (for the record: we don’t need the approval).
While Journey’s soundtrack represents the first time an entire video game score has been nominated, the track “Baba Yetu” from the game Civilization IV won a Grammy for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)” back during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
While I might be a bit bias since I write and obsess over video games for a living, I will say the score to Journey is fan-freakin-tastic. It’s powerful stuff, and definitely worthy of the nomination. So tune into the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10th at 8pm PT to see if it walks away with one of those coveted trophy.
Erik Norris is the Gaming Editor for CraveOnline. You can follow him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.