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Civilization IV Wins Grammy Award

For the first time ever, a music score from a video game has won a Grammy Award, as Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu” from Civilization IV won the Grammy for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)”.

While it may seen strange for a game released in 2005 to win a Grammy for work done in 2010, but the “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)” Award is for new arrangements of orchestral pieces with choruses, and the Grammy is for the rendition done at Video Games Live 2010, as seen in the video above.

Hopefully, this will spur the Grammy Awards to include an award for videogame and interactive fiction music scores and songs, as folks like Martin O’Donnell (Halo) and Jack Wall (Mass Effect) would get their due recognition in the art form, especially since film composers like Hans Zimmer and Clint Mansell are now working in video games.

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Christopher Tin’s “Baba Yetu” from Civilization IV Wins Grammy Award for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)”

Song Appears on Video Games Live PBS Special, Albums, DVD & Blu-Ray

Video Games Live would like to congratulate fellow video game composer Christopher Tin for the first ever video game song to win a Grammy Award! “Baba Yetu” has been performed in Video Games Live since the song had its live world premiere debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006. A special duet version of the song appears on the recently released Video Games Live DVD, Blu-Ray, album and highly acclaimed PBS Special The song originally appeared as the opening song for Sid Meiers’ PC hit Civilization IV as well as Tin’s classical/world fusion album “Calling All Dawns” which also won the Grammy for the “Best Classical Crossover Album”.

Composer Christopher Tin said, “The fact that this song has had a life outside of the game is owed almost entirely to Video Games Live. They were the first to bring this music to concert stages around the world and to places I had never dreamed possible.” Video Games Live CEO Tommy Tallarico added, “We’re so proud of Christopher’s Grammy Award victory and what he has accomplished. This historic moment will continue to bridge the gap between mainsteam music and video games. It is an honor to perform his music in our show.”

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