The 64th Annual Grammy Awards took place in Las Vegas last night and it was a big one for Kirby fans (we honestly never thought we'd say such words).
The 8-Bit Big Band, which boasts 194K subscribers on YouTube, has won the 'Best Arrangement, Instrumental, Or A Capella' category for its beautiful take on 'Meta Knight's Revenge' from Kirby Super Star.
Arranged by Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman, the piece has amassed 230,967 views on YouTube at the time of writing, though we suspect this will increase dramatically in the wake of their Grammy win.
It's well worth having a scan of the band's other arrangements on YouTube, which includes the main themes for the likes of Chrono Trigger and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, along with a stunning jazz rendition of Dire Dire Docks from Super Mario 64.
In the meantime, you can check out Meta Knight's Revenge via the embedded video below:
Let us know what you think of The 8-Bit Big Band's huge Grammy win, and which other classic video game tracks you'd like to see them cover!
[source youtube.com, via twitter.com]
Massive congrats! Meta Knight's Revenge is an absolutely incredible SNES era song and they covered it phenomenally. Maybe people will start respecting video game music in the mainstream thanks to this winning a Grammy? HAH! What a thought....
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Another 30th birthday present for Kirby!
Congratulations! Meta Knight might have had his revenge, but I can't imagine anyone plotting revenge about this win! ... I just jinxed it, I bet. Bravo, y'all!
Wow, congratulations! A few of their covers are in my Spotify favorites (Lonely Rolling Star is my personal number one) and you can feel the love they pour into each song. ❤️
I thought I recognised the bass player from the thumbnail. It's Adam Neely!
Never thought I'd see him on NintendoLife.
Woo, congratulations! 🎉
That's awesome! For Kirby games, I come for the gameplay and stay for the soundtracks. For someone to take the music and enhance the experience is something magical.
I should be happy about this, videogame music is getting recognized as something serious, just as good as mainstream music, but awards like Oscar, Golden Globes, Emmy, Grammy and The Game Awards are basically this:
Less and less people are interested in those awards, they no longer trust them, these shows are losing ratings, The Game Awards must be the only one that keeps getting bigger ratings every year, if it wasn't for Will Smith slapping Chris Rock, many people wouldn't even know the Oscars were happening.
I can't change my mind and start praising those awards just because something I like won.
@victordamazio Peers recognizing peers can be a distinct and valuable award. No one understands better the work that is being rewarded than others that do similar work.
All the hullabaloo around it and the marketing value is a distraction from that, but the Oscar’s and all these awards could go to a private, closed event and still be valuable.
When 8-bit big band was nominated I added a bunch of their stuff to my music library. Still Alive is one of my faves. They don’t just show a great deal of care for the material, they are pretty amazing musicians technically.
YES 👏. Fave game, gets a Grammy from my fave franchise, on the 30th anniversary year of Kirby. THIS IS TRULY THE YEAR OF KIRBY CONGRATS 🎉
@aaronsullivan Hey Mr. Sullivan, should have known you'd show up for some classic tunes. Was just thinking about you a couple of mornings ago, assumed you outgrew this place w/ most of the others. I probably caught a glimpse of that Splatoon water pistol I keep over my bed. Anyway good to see you survived covid, I figure that's all anyone can ask for these days. Well that and non-drifting Joy-con and new Switch hardware. 😉
Well that is video game music, that I can tell. About 1:40 it reminded me of Cowboy Bebop and my wife said "That's jazz." so I guess all jazz is Cowboy Bebop to me know. 😂 Congrats to them. 👍
@bimboliquido Not sure, but they will run Doom.
Congratulations to the 8-bit Band! Massive score when your own industry recognizes your talent.
That being said, I wonder if Nintendo will also congratulate them, or ask their Grammy to be taken down 😅😂
@rjejr Hope all is well with you. Been going through a bunch. Got kidney surgery coming up — that's the latest.
Always glad to keep in touch.
Funny about jazz and big bands and Cowboy Bebop. You may be watching too much anime!
I'll keep an eye out for Splatoon 3 promotions. My daughter is still a fan of Splatoon. She got pretty good. My son is into history and therefore computer war games, and recently got into Civilization 6.
My gaming has been Slay the Spire with my wife (who plays it constantly now on iPad), The Messenger (your favorite type of graphics ) and it has been a while, but I really enjoyed Jedi Fallen Order, 3 times through.
@aaronsullivan Kidney surgery sounds fun. My wife is currently in ICU after having a tumor removed that was compressing her spinal cord where she had a vertebra removed 16 years ago, apparently a hemangioma grew back, only 3% likelihood of that happening the surgeon said. Sorry, not trying to 1 up you there.
We have been watching some anime w/ the kids but not "too much". 😉
My oldest, after 2 years of college, is doing an online unpaid 35 hr/wk internship all summer which I believe is having him regret his video game design & develop major at RIT. And making my upcoming HS senior not want to follow in their footsteps w/ the video game deign major as was the plan. Maybe just a basic CS degree, they can always go into video games later if they'd like. And they're pretty much a PC Steam gamer now, not much on console for anyone really until XC3 comes out, we're still all in on JRPG. I'm playing Fortnite to deal w/ the stress. My wife and I were in the middle of watching my oldest play Final Fantasy X HD when she went in on Sunday. Home maybe Monday they're saying, her Independence Day we've been joking, to watch the rest.
Boy I bet you're sorry you replied.😂
@rjejr Hoping everything went okay! I go into surgery in a week.
Too bad about the internship. That seems extreme. It's true that you can get into gaming from many different directions later, anyway. However, I'd still stress finding some sort of a passion to go along with programming. I know a few programmers that just don't enjoy the day-to-day very much — kind of mundane and they sometimes have nothing to do. Sounds good at first, but can be sort of soul-sucking. The good news is that almost every venture can use a programmer of some kind, so if someone is excited about some area, they can chase after it and bring your skills there.
From what I know, the second half of the degree allows for more electives and is probably going to be more interesting.
I'd be curious where the internship is, if you are willing to share.
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