In an unlikely win at last night’s Grammy Awards, Kirby claimed the award. Well, sort of. A song from the Kirby franchise has been awarded a Grammy, marking the second time a song from a video game has been awarded at the show.
HOLY SHIT WE WON THE GRAMMY !! VIDEO GAME MUSIC LIVE LONG!! Thank you to everyone who listened @ the8bitbigband ALL artists contributed their time/talent and of course HUGE thanks to my co-arranger, the only one and @Button__Masher !! MUCH LOVE! pic.twitter.com/4JTakDTPQC
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Specifically, the Grammy Award for Best Staging, Instrument or Acapella was given to Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman for their version Meta Knight’s Revenge as it appeared in the 1996 title Superstar Kirby. The duo’s vocals are performed by 8 bit large banda group of 30 to 65 musicians “formed to celebrate and realize some of the best musical themes written from various video games across all consoles”.
8-Bit Big Band’s first album, Click Start! was released in 2018 and features re-creations of songs from various Nintendo franchises, including Super Mario, The Legend of Zeldaand F-Zero. The Grammy Award-winning version of Knight Metarevenge appears in the album Backward compatibility. Released in January 2021, the 14-track record includes arrangements by Dire Dire Docks are from Super Mario 64, Want you to goare from Portal 2and Hydroelectric area are from Sonic 3. Like so much of its other music, the group undertakes Knight MetaRevenge of is a fun mix of classic chiptune and big band, making for a beautiful, creative track.
Music from video games is almost never nominated for a Grammy, much less the award show’s category winners. The last song from a game that won an award at the Grammys was Baba Yetu are from Civilization 4.