The crowdfunding service helped pay for seven albums nominated for the awards.

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.

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