David Bowie. U2. The Beatles. World of Warcraft? It could happen. Video game composers will now join the ranks of musical luminaries as recipients of the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards.
The Ivor Novello Awards are given each year by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) to honor Britain’s composers. This year, the Ivors will introduce a new category: Best Original Video Game Score.
Video game music has been gaining prestige in recent years, even moving from the screen to the concert hall. In 2004, a concert of music from the Final Fantasy series sold out in just a couple days. Now, concert series Play! A Video Game Symphony travels the world, playing the scores of dozens of popular games. Video Games Live, another touring concert, combines video and music, showing scenes from video games while a live symphony orchestra accompanies them. Over 500,000 tickets have been sold so far.
I wonder if the Grammy Awards will follow suit and add their own Video Game category? Either way, I’m very curious to see which game takes the Best Score crown first.
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Darcy Zacharias, CC ’10