Today marks a momentous occasion for fans of video games and music alike. History has been made with the announcement that composer Christopher Tin has received a Grammy nomination for his work on the strategy game Civilization IV. This is the first time that music from a video game has been nominated for the prestigious award.
“Baba Yetu” an ethnic sounding composition with sweeping strings and bright, inspirational vocals received a nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists”. Those soulful vocals were contributed by the Soweto Gospel Choir, a South African inspirational group. Also nominated are works from Roger Treece, Vince Mendoza, Herbie Hancock, Larry Klein and Geoffrey Keezer.
We won’t know if Chris won the award until the 53rd Annual Grammys in February. Whatever happens at that time, I think I speak for the gaming majority when I say the nomination alone is a pretty good reason to celebrate.