Kirby is officially a Grammy winner – well, at least in spirit. The pink, spherical creature helped Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman win a Grammy for best arrangement, instrumental or acapella for their performance Meta Knight’s Revenge from the 1996 classic Kirby Superstar. The cover was originally performed by the aptly named 8-Bit Big Band, a 30-65 member orchestra that specializes in putting their own spin on video game music.
In the past, the 8-bit Big Band accomplished Zelda’s Lullaby from Ocarina of Time, Fourside from Earthbound, Big Blue from F-zero, and much more. You can listen to the performance of the band from the reimagined Meta Knight’s Revenge in the integration above – it’s a real jazzy version of the original trackand dare I say, sounds even better than Nintendo’s remake included in Super Smash Bros..
Video game music isn’t nominated for a Grammy very often, but this win comes at a good time considering the recent release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land. In 2011, the song Baba Yetu from Civilization IV won a Grammy after being reissued in a separate album. Travel was nominated for Best Soundtrack for visual media in 2012, but ended up lose against The girl with the dragon tattoo.