During the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, it was announced that a cover of Kirby’s video game song titled “Meta Knight’s Revenge” won the “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella” award. The honor is received by an independent music group known as The 8-Bit Band, led by Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman. The cover song is based on the original arrangement created by Button Masher (Jake Silverman.)
The 8-Bit’s cover of Kirby’s “Meta Knight’s Revenge” was able to win over competition such as Chopsticks by Bill O’Connell, For The Love Of A Princess (From “Braveheart”) by Robin Smith, Infinite Love by Emile Mosseri, and The Struggle Within by Gabriela Quintero & Rodrigo Sanchez.
In their acceptance speech, Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman of The 8-Bit Band also express gratitude to Jun Ishikawa, the original composer behind most of Kirby’s soundtracks, including the recent game, Kirby and the Forgotten Land. It is a memorable night in video game music history for once again reaching a prestigious recognition such as this. The first and last video game song awarded with a Grammy was Civilization IV’s “Baba Yetu back in 2011. You can watch Rosen and Silverman’s Grammy acceptance speech below:
In case you missed it, “Meta Knight’s Revenge” is a soundtrack that first appeared in Kirby Super Star back in 1996, and was then covered by The 8-Bit Big Band in January 2021. According to their website, the band is “a 30-65 member Jazz/Pops orchestra that formed to celebrate and realize some of the best musical themes written from various video games from all consoles.” They are all gamers at heart. The 8-Bit Band’s most recent album includes music from Zelda, Final Fantasy, and from the Super Mario series.
You can watch the live performance of the Grammy Award-winning song, “Meta Knight’s Revenge” from Kirby Super Star, on their official YouTube Channel. See the video below:
Kirby is a character and game series by Masahiro Sakurai, HAL Laboratory, and Nintendo. The series follows the adventures of a young puff pink hero who strives to restore peace in Dream Land. Kirby‘s debut game is titled Kirby’s Dream Land (1992), and now has over 30 games in the franchise. Kirby is currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary, as well as the release of its most recent game, Kirby and the Forgotten Land.