While we have all known for a while that video games are an art form on their own, there are often opportunities for overlapping with other mediums that continue to demonstrate the value of these creations. For Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the Dawn of Ragnarok expansion has broken new ground as the first winner of the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media.
The historic moment took place at the 65th Grammys, with Dawn of Ragnarok composer Stephanie Economou beating out Austin Wintory and Aliens: Fireteam Elite, Bear McCreary and Call of Duty: Vanguard, Richard Jacques and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Christopher Tin and Old World.
“I just want to recognize all of the people who fought tirelessly to bring this category of video game music into existence,” Economou said after she accepted the Grammy. “Thank you for acknowledging and validating the power of game music. This is truly such an honour, thank you.”
Although this was the first time the Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media category was included in the Grammys, it is not the first time a video game has been included in the awards. That honour goes to Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu in 2011, which was a winner for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.
For those hoping to hear the music from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok that has been recognised by the Grammys, the soundtrack is available on Spotify.