Christopher Tin has just made history by being the first composer to receive a Grammy for a song composed for a video game. Tin’s Baba Yetu from Civilization IV won the award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) at the 53rd Grammy Awards this evening.
Baba Yetu, while appearing as the first track on Tin’s debut album,”Calling All Dawns,” it was originally composed as the theme song for Civilization IV. Since it has been performed at numerous Video Games Live concerts. In addition, “Calling All Dawns” itself also won the Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album, and includes judge, OC ReMix, and friend (<3) Jillian Aversa on the song “Sukla-Krsne“.
Will we ever see a day where video game soundtracks start making their way into the Grammy’s in full force? Well it might still be some time from now, but this is confirmation that we’re moving in the right direction.
Congratulations to Chris, and may he keep creating excellent scores and songs like this one.