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GAMEPLAY: The first Grammys

2023 video game score Grammy nominees

Video game scores have earned a category of their own at the 2023 Grammy Awards. Join us for a look at each of the nominees!

The brand-new category, titled "Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media," represents a major increase in visibility for the art form.

From a score more than 5.5 hours long to a soundtrack that melds contemporary classical and traditional Arabic music, the inaugural nominees are a rich array of some of the field's finest works.

Nominees:

  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite

    Austin Wintory, composer

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarok

    Stephanie Economou, composer

  • Call Of Duty®: Vanguard

    Bear McCreary, composer

  • Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy

    Richard Jacques, composer

  • Old World

    Christopher Tin, composer

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Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund.

Thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance and to Christine Kyprianides and Delia Zaleski for production assistance.

Amanda Sewell is IPR's Music Director, and Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

PLAYLIST:
Bear McCreary - The Hidden Beast (God of War: Ragnarök) - London Session Orchestra, Schola Cantorum, London Voices

Richard Jacques - Entering the Zone (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) - original soundtrack

Richard Jacques - Magus Dream (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) - original soundtrack

Richard Jacques - A Leap of Faith (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) - original soundtrack

Stephanie Economou - Main Theme (Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök) - original soundtrack; Einar Selvik, vocals

Stephanie Economou - Wrath of Muspelheim (Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök) - original soundtrack

Stephanie Economou - Sanctuary (Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök) - original soundtrack

Stephanie Economou - The Blade of Surtr (Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök) - original soundtrack feat. Wilderun

Bear McCreary - Operation Tonga (Call of Duty: Vanguard) - original soundtrack

Bear McCreary - Vanguard (Call of Duty: Vanguard) - original soundtrack

Bear McCreary - The Gun Battery (Call of Duty: Vanguard) - original soundtrack

Christopher Tin - I Lift My Eyes (Old World) - original soundtrack; Abeer Nehme, vocals

Christopher Tin - III. Tarab - Pt. I (Old World) - original soundtrack; Meena Shamaly, oud

Austin Wintory - Hoenikker (Aliens: Fireteam Elite) - original soundtrack

Austin Wintory - Rapid Uncontrollable Mutation (Aliens: Fireteam Elite) - original soundtrack

Keith Brown is the host of Matinee Classics and the host and producer of GAMEPLAY.