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Grammys Nominates First Video Game Theme,  Civ IV  Music
Grammys Nominates First Video Game Theme, Civ IV Music
December 3, 2010 | By Eric Caoili

December 3, 2010 | By Eric Caoili
More: Audio

Composer Christopher Tin has received two Grammy Awards nominations, one of which is for his work on Civilization IV's opening theme -- the first time a video game song has received Grammy recognition.

The track, "Baba Yetu", which features the Soweto Gospel Choir, was shortlisted for the "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists" category. It will compete against Roger Treece's "Baby", Vince Mendoza's "Based On A Thousand True Stories", Geoffrey Keezer's "Don't Explain", and Herbie Hancock and Larry Klein's "Imagine".

Tin originally created "Baba Yetu" for Firaxis' 2005 turn-based strategy title, but local and professional choirs have extended its popularity beyond Civilization IV, singing it at nearly 1000 live concert performances. It's also a staple of Video Games Live, the concert tour featuring game music played by orchestras and choirs.

The composer's other Grammy nomination is for his debut album, Calling All Dawns, which has been selected for the "Best Classical Crossover Album" category. The classical/world fusion CD features over 200 musicians from around the world singing in 12 different languages. "Baba Yetu" serves as the album's opening track.

Tin has contributed music to other video games, such as World of Cars Online and Fantastic Four: The Rise of The Silver Surfer. He's also composed music for films (e.g. X2: X-Men United) and advertisements, working with clients like Apple, Microsoft, Puma, and Verizon.

Winners for the categories will be announced at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011.

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Aaron Casillas
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Congrats! Truly an amazing milestone!

sean lindskog
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Awesome. It's a wicked song, and deserves the recognition.

Jeriaska Jeriaska
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The composer spoke in depth about the album Calling All Dawns in an interview with Gamasutra at

George Monroy
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Kale Menges
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This is big. Way to go.

Stephen Chin
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Wonderful news indeed!

Randall Theil
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It's a good album, and Baba Yetu is as iconic a theme as any game has had in the last five or ten years.

David Serrano
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I wonder if they gave any consideration to Inon Zur / Aubrey Ashburn for their work on Dragon Age?