Meta Knight's Revenge (From Kirby Super Star)

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Fan Arrangement
Name: Meta Knight's Revenge (From Kirby Super Star)
Composer: Charlie Rosen
Jake Silverman
Performed by The 8-Bit Big Band
Original track(s): Boarding the Halberd
Havoc Aboard the Halberd
Album: Backwards Compatible
Label: Self-published
Date: 8 Jan 2021 (Release)
3 April 2022 (Grammy win)
Fandom: Kirby
External links: Bandcamp
Meta Knight won the grammys by InTheHoodster. A pixel art illustration of the Kirby character Meta Knight looking at a Grammy Award trophy.
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Meta Knight's Revenge (From Kirby Super Star) is a big band style fan arrangement of the music tracks 'Boarding the Halberd' and 'Havoc Aboard the Halberd'[note 1] from the video game Kirby Super Star. It was composed by Charlie Rosen & Jake Silverman and performed by The 8-Bit Big Band. The track was first released on Backwards Compatible, The 8-Bit Big Band's third major album.

The arrangement was nominated for and won in the category Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on 3 April 2022.[1] The win caused a large positive reaction from the Kirby fandom, resulting in a variety of celebratory and congratulatory fan art, memes, and other fanworks. Many video game news sites and blogs also created articles on the win.

Initial reaction & reviews

OMGGGGGGG I love Meta Knight's Revenge so much this is so gooooood


Grammy nomination and win


Charlie Rosen, the leader of the 8-Bit Big Band, is a member of the The Recording Academy, the music industry group that juries and presents the Grammy Awards. Due to his membership, he self-submitted work from the 8-Bit Big Band for consideration in the 2022 Grammy Awards. Other submissions outside of 'Meta Knight's Revenge' included the album Backwards Compatible for the category Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and his arrangement of the track 'Lost in Thoughts All Alone' (from Fire Emblem: Fates) for the category Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.[3] An article for Fanbyte describes the self-submission as occurring 'on a whim'.[4]

“I sort of wrote it off. I kind of forgot about it,” Rosen tells Fanbyte. “I voted in the first round, and voted for myself obviously, and then I was in London ... then suddenly I feel my phone vibrating like crazy. I was like, ‘no way. There’s no way,’ So I called Jake and I was like, ‘I can’t believe it.’”

Charlie Rosen, Fanbyte[4]

While it received less attention than the win, the initial nomination announcement on 23 Nov 2021 drew attention from Kirby fans and some video game news outlets.[5]

Dude, that is amazing. :D They did a good track to arrange, too.


Ok so where can we vote because this ABSOLUTELY has to win. I never cared much about the Grammys before but I love Kirby so I do now



Many tweets announcing the award went viral, including tweets from the band's official Twitter account[8], The Recording Academy[9], The Game Awards[10], Kotaku[11], and Denfaminicogamer[12]. In addition, a tweet from Masahiro Sakurai (the creator of Kirby) expressing surprise at the win went viral.



Masahiro Sakurai[13]

A common joke amongst both media outlets and Kirby fans was to claim that Kirby or Meta Knight won the award.

Kirby is officially a Grammy award winner — well, at least in spirit.

Emma Roth[14]

Don’t let your memes be dreams gamers, because last night Kirby, in the year of our lord 2022, won a Grammy. OK, technically, Kirby himself didn’t win a Grammy... But for the sake of argument, let’s just say Kirby won the Grammy because that’s what he deserves.

Isaiah Colbert[15]

Media reaction

Fandom reaction

Example fanworks




External Links


  1. ^ The first English names for the tracks appeared in the game Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe. 'Boarding the Halberd' is sometimes referred to as 'Battleship Halberd: On Deck' or 'Meta Knight's Revenge'. 'Boarding the Halberd' is often paired with 'Havoc Aboard the Halberd' in both official and fan arrangements and remixes.