The 7 Kickstarter-Funded Albums That Got Grammy Nods

One of the less-mentioned feats of the 2015 Grammy Awards is its most impressive: A record seven nominated albums were largely financed by Kickstarter, up from four in 2014. Music remains the crowdfunding platform's most popular category, with more than $135 million pledged to 35,470 projects (nearly half funded successfully) since the site's 2009 launch. And while the company has not yet made it to a marquee category, Arcade Fire's 2011 win for best album shows victory for an independent is possible.

This article first appeared in the Feb. 14th issue of Billboard.