Video Game Cover Orchestra, 8-Bit Big Band Wins a Grammy

The 8-Bit Big Band won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement (Instrument and A Cappella) with their version of Kirby Super Star’s Meta Knight’s Revenge.

The funky arrangement was written by Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman and performed by the 8-Bit Big Band Orchestra with Button Masher for the group’s Backwards Compatible album. Meta Knight’s Revenge has amassed 319,684 views on YouTube at the time of writing, although that number continues to grow with the additional spotlight.

Rosen and Silverman made their way to the stage to collect their gold-plated gramophones after being announced the winners. In their speech, they thanked the Recording Academy, Nintendo, composer Jun Ishikawa, and “the hundreds of musicians in New York and around the world who have contributed to every single 8-Bit Big Band album”.

The Backwards Compatible album features arrangements by a symphonic jazz orchestra of over 70 musicians and special guests, including covers of Chrono Trigger and Super Mario World themes, as well as big band renditions of Hydrocity Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Saria’s Song from Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Snake Eater from Metal Gear Solid 3.

“HOLY S*** WE WON THE GRAMMY!! LONG LIVE VIDEO GAME MUSIC!!” Rosen tweeted shortly after he picked up his Grammy award. “Thanks to everyone who has ever heard the 8-Bit Big Band, to ALL the artists who donated their time/talent and of course to my co-arranger, the one and only Button Masher!! MUCH LOVE!”

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