The Grammy win for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was overshadowed by the fact that the presenter didn’t quite get on with the game’s name.
History was made at the Grammy Awards last night, as the music industry’s most significant awards ceremony featured a category reserved for video games. Stephanie Economou took home the award and bragging rights for being the first winner. Economou received the award for her work on Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and the Dawn of Ragnarok expansion. Or, as the award’s presenter, comedian Randy Rainbow, put it, Assassin’s Creed Valaha. Relax; it happens to the best of us when we’re on stage in front of thousands of people.
While the Grammys had had video game soundtrack nominations before – Christopher Tin and the Soweto Gospel Choir won a Grammy in 2011 for their intro to Civilization IV – this was the first year the medium was given a separate category.
Economou faced stiff competition in the Best Soundtrack for Video Games/Interactive Media category, with nominees including Bear McCreary (Call of Duty: Vanguard), Austin Wintory (Aliens: Fireteam Elite), Richard Jacques (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) and Christopher Tin (Old World). Last year was a perfect time for video game music fans, with a number of games arriving to treat our ears and eyes.
In his acceptance speech, Economou thanked everyone who had a hand in shaping the music of Valhalla. He also thanked those who “fought tirelessly” to make video game music recognised worldwide.
In other news from Ubisoft’s backyard, Assassin’s Creed Mirage is set for an August release. Ubisoft is taking a back-to-basics approach with this game but has big plans for the future of the series with the ambitious Assassin’s Creed Infinity.
can’t stop laughing at this guy announcing the Grammy win for Assassin's Creed Valhalla pic.twitter.com/vz9bTVZFTX
— Wendell (@RhodeToLove) February 5, 2023