Civ IV and Guitar Hero Get Grammy Nods
The Grammys try really hard to be the most irrelevant awards show around, but they aren’t going to take the V. G. A.’s spot any time soon. What the Grammys have going for them, though, is that they give out one million awards, and so there is something for everybody.
The 2010 Grammys will be a landmark, though, as two songs written for video games have received nominations. The songs are Baba Yetu, which was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist and is best known as the theme song from Civilization IV, and Megadeath’s Sudden Death, which was nominated for Best Metal Performance and was written for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
Wait. Hold on a quick second. A song from Civ4 got a Grammy nomination? This year? I know the Grammy eligibility period (13 months this year) is weird, but come on, man! Well, it turns out Baba Yetu actually got an album release last year near the beginning of the eligibility period, and that’s why it’s here. The album on which it can be found is Calling All Dawns, and it also got a nod of its own for Best Classical Crossover Album.
That there is video game history. Neither of these awards will actually be given out on the big show at Staples Center in February, though, so don’t feel like you need to actually watch it.