The Grammy organization has restructured its awards, opening up four categories to music from video games. The Recording Academy has amended the awards they give out in the field of "Visual Media," so now, all music composed for games will be eligible to win the following awards:
- The Music for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
- Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
- Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
- Best Song Written for Visual Media (Motion, Television, Video Game Music, or Other Visual Media)
Video games had previously been put in a sort of ghettoized category, "other visual medium."
The inclusion of video game music in the Grammys is part of a larger restructuring of the awards.
“I think this could be viewed as a first step in the direction of video games getting their own category,” Bill Freimuth, the vice president for awards of The Recording Academy, told Industry Gamers. “Many people from the game community have been asking us to create a special category for games over the years, but the main reason we haven’t is because we have received very few entries from game publishers.”
"Every year, we diligently examine our Awards structure to develop an overall guiding vision and ensure that it remains a balanced and viable process," said Grammy CEO Neil Portnow. "After careful and extensive review and analysis of all Categories and Fields, it was objectively determined that our Grammy categories be restructured to the continued competition and prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music."
Check out the Grammy site for more information.