Civ IV composer honored with gaming's first Grammy nomination

The gaming industry received its first Grammy nomination for composer Christopher Tin's 'Baba Yetu,' the hauntingly epic opening score to 2005's Civilization IV.

The song (which could even make buttering toast sound monumental) was short-listed for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists" and will compete for the big prize on February 13th, 2011 at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Though it's technically been around for five years, Baba Yetu has lived on well past its Civ IV roots in countless live performances and as a fan favorite at Video Games Live, as seen below in a recent PBS documentary.

Christopher Tin also received a second Grammy nod in the "Best Classical Crossover Album" category for his freshman album, Calling All Dawns, which includes the nominated Civ IV track. His past work includes composing music for a number of games, films and game-related films such as 2010's Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic and next year's Dead Space: Aftermath.

Video game music has come a long way from the (still-beloved) 8-bit bloops and bleeps of yesteryear. Up until now, however, they've been woefully disregarded by most audiophiles outside of the industry. Baba Yetu may just be one of countless gaming tracks that deserve Grammy loving, but at least its nomination shows that mainstream critics are starting to take notice of gaming's niche muscial heros.

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  • Pruman - December 8, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    My first Civ was number 4, and in my eyes this song is as inseparable from Civilization as the Mario, Zelda, and Final Fantasy themes are to their games. Sadly, I hear it's not in Civ V...
  • pacificrimjob - December 5, 2010 6:54 a.m.

    saw it at VG Live, great performance. Still gives me goosebumps whenever i hear it.
  • Spybreak8 - December 5, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    Great to hear. Maybe more potentially awesome music will be heading into video games more so now.
  • 435 - December 4, 2010 9:52 a.m.

    Still gives me chills. Love the OCremix version, too, but this is mmmmm.
  • xerroz - December 4, 2010 3:30 a.m.

    Amazing series, Amazing song. Well deserving of a grammy, i hope he wins
  • AlmightyFuzz - December 4, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    This is an amazing song. I'll just leave this here too: If you love this song, then I recommend you give that video a listen.
  • Usgo - December 4, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    good shit
  • - December 3, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    I love it =) that song gave me chills the first time i watched that intro haha
  • WonsAuto - December 3, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    Nope, no artistic merit in games whatsoever. None. No sir, no how.
  • Hydrohs - December 3, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    This is pretty cool. Though I think some 8- or 16-bit tracks should be nominated. That would be even more cool.
  • bjt2012 - December 3, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    This is fantastic for both games and music!

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