Industry First: Journey’s Soundtrack Nominated for a Grammy
Thatgamecompany’s critically acclaimed download-only adventure, Journey, just accrued itself even more acclaim: Journey’s soundtrack is officially the first video game score to be nominated by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a Grammy Award.
Falling into the category “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media,” composer Austin Wintory’s work on Thatgamecompany’s unique co-op adventurer sits right alongside heavyweight nominees such as The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross). That’s right, an online platformer that only allows you to communicate with other players through a “chirp” button is up for a Grammy. Hear that Hollywood? That chirping is the sound of the video game industry rolling up on your shit.
As IGN points out, there is some precedent for this event. Previously, a single song from Civilization IV was nominated for and took home a Grammy. Journey’s is the first entire video game soundtrack to be nominated and, if nabbed, it will be the first game in history to win the category’s award. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will commence on Sunday, February 10th, 2013.