It turns out that the first Grammy award to be given out for video game music was just the first droplets of water to come rushing out of the floodgates. In the last edition of the Grammy awards, Christopher Tin won for his theme to Civilization 4. Never mind the fact that Civilization 4 came out in 2005.
Starting next year, there will be four new categories for video games to be honoured for their contirbutions to music. The new categories include Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and the award for The Music for Visual Media. No word on what else visual media could entail beyond video games thus far, but the Vice President of the Awards for the Recording Academy Bill Freimuth is quoted as saying "I think this could be viewed as a first step in the direction of video games getting their own category. Many people from the game community have been asking us to create a special category for games over the years, but the main reason we haven't is because we have received very few entries from game publishers."
In terms of musical accomplishment in our favourite pastime, its safe to say that the industry is through the looking glass at this point. With the Video Games Live concert touring regularly as well, this is a great opportunity for the industry to show off its accomplishments to gamers and non-gamers alike.
By the way, if Video Games Live comes to your town, we here at GamingExcellence urge you to check it out. We took in a show ourselves during E3 last year, and suffice to say, it was mindblowing.