The Recording Academy has added video games to the Grammys. The Grammys will have five new categories one of which is for video game soundtracks. The category is called Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games. The award recognizes excellence in score soundtrack albums comprised predominately of original scores and created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current video game or other interactive media released within the qualification period. This is very exciting for those who are video game composers.
These categories will be put into effect at the 2023 Recording Academy which will be known as the 65th Grammy Awards. These changes are to keep the Grammys up to date with what people enjoy now and get more people to enjoy watching. The Grammys are trying to ensure that the new categories also follow the rules of the Recording Academy. As stated by Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr,
The Academy’s top priority is to effectively represent the music people that we serve, and each year, that entails listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-evolving industry.
Introducing this year’s updates to the GRAMMY Awards process! 🎶 These updates will apply to the entire submission, nominations, and voting process for the 65th #GRAMMYs and include new Categories, a new Special Merit Award, Category amendments, and more.https://t.co/hYKasZLRJT
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) June 9, 2022
The other categories are songwriter f the year (non-classical), best alternative music performance, best Americana performance, best-spoken word poetry album, and best song for social changes. These categories will give opportunities for more artists to be recognized.
The Recording Academy is excited to be able to showcase more diverse communities. As stated by Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr,
“We’re so excited to honor these diverse communities of music creators through the newly established awards and amendments, and to continue cultivating an environment that inspires change, progress and collaboration,”
The first winners of these categories will be announced on January 31, 2023, at the 65th Grammy Awards.