‘Assassin’s Creed’ wins Grammy as presenter botches ‘Valhalla’ pronunciation 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök gained the primary Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media final evening (February 5).

The model new class noticed composer Stephanie Economou – who scored the Siege Of Paris (2021) and Dawn of Ragnarök (2022) DLCs – take residence the inaugural award, although the sport’s pronunciation proved to be a battle for the presenter.

Comedian Randy Rainbow – who was nominated within the Best Comedy Album class for ‘A Little Brains, A Little Talent’ – was tasked with studying out the winner within the new class, and tripped up over the pronunciation of Valhalla, which is named the “hall of the slain” in Norse mythology.

You can watch how Rainbow truly learn out the online game title under.

Other nominees within the class for Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games And Other Interactive Media included: Austin Wintory (Aliens: Fireteam Elite), Bear McCreary (Call Of Duty: Vanguard), Christopher Tin (Old World), Richard Jacques (Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy).

Taking to the stage to simply accept the historic award, Economou stated: “I want to say I’m so grateful to Ubisoft and [music superviser] Simon Landry for inviting me into the rich, rich legacy of Assassin’s Creed.”

She additionally thanked the “remarkable musicians” who had a hand in “shaping the sound of this score”.

She continued: “Lastly, I simply wish to recognise the entire individuals who fought tirelessly to deliver this class of online game music into existence.

“Thank you for acknowledging and validating the power of game music. This is truly such an honour.”

You can watch the acceptance speech in full under.


While video video games have acquired Grammy nominations earlier than – with Christopher Tin’s Civilization IV intro profitable the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists again in 2011 – this yr was the primary time sport soundtracks had their very own devoted class.

The unique Assassin’s Creed Valhalla soundtrack, in the meantime, additionally options an unique tune by Einar Selvik of steel band Gorgoroth, who labored on the present Vikings.

Reviewing Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla in 2020, EpicGames News described the sport in a five-star evaluate as a “bold and bloody departure for the seminal stealth series”, including that, for the primary time in years, “Assassin’s Creed feels essential again”.

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