Hello, and welcome to The Sunset. My name is Nathan and I’ll be going over a feature story I find interesting and give my thoughts on it.
Kirby won a Grammy. Well, sort of. On Sunday, the music awards show announced its winners, with the winner of “Best Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Capella” being “Meta Knight’s Revenge” from the 1996 game Kirby Super Star. Originally two separate tracks composed by Jun Ishikawa under the titles “Boarding the Halberd” and “Havoc Aboard the Halberd” for the game’s “Revenge of Meta Knight” portion, the 2021 arrangement by Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman combined the two tracks into a Jazz Fusion medley. The arrangement was performed by The 8-Bit Big Band.
This is not the first time these songs have been rearranged; other instances include 2008’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl, 2010’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn and another for its 2019 rerelease, Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, 2014’s Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe, 2017’s Kirby’s Blowout Blast, and multiple anniversary concerts. However, none of these instances had ever even been nominated for a Grammy, let alone won the award. In the time since I went to go watch the arrangement on Sunday, it has gained 300 thousand more views, likely due to the award.
I think it’s really cool that the track won a Grammy. Video game music isn’t usually part of discussions when it comes to art and awards shows and all that, so having it be acknowledged at all is nice, and the music winning an award is incredible. The last time a track from a video game won an award was 2010, and the last nomination was 2013. The original track is a classic, and this arrangement deserved to win. Also, I think it’s funny to say “Grammy Award Winner Meta Knight.”
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