A Round of Applause for the 2018 Grammy-nominated Kickstarter Creators

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What do a reggae legend, a nine-piece vocal ensemble, a Cajun songwriter, and a MacArthur Genius all have in common? They’ve all funded Grammy-nominated albums on Kickstarter. These creators — Lee “Scratch” Perry, Roomful of Teeth, Jo-El Sonnier, and Miguel Zenón, respectively — are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Kickstarter talent acknowledged by the Recording Academy.

Over the years, we’ve amassed a list of Kickstarter musicians, orchestras, and record labels that have racked up Grammy nods and even a few wins. With the 60th Annual Grammy Awards less than a week away— they air on CBS this Sunday, January 28 — join us in celebrating two Kickstarter creators up for golden gramophones this year.

(And tune in to a playlist featuring tunes by Grammy-nominated Kickstarter creators after the jump.)

2018 Nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album: Miguel Zenón, Típico


Jazz musician, composer, and repeat Kickstarter creator Miguel Zenón has released ten records over his fifteen-year career. After crafting a sprawling album with a sixteen-piece band on 2015’s Identities Are Changeable, Zenón returned to working with his long-standing quartet to record his Kickstarter-funded 2017 album, Típico. The project centers on the characteristic — or típico — musical language Zenón has developed with his bandmates, Luís Perdomo, Hans Glawischnig, and Henry Cole. Placed on NPR’s Best of 2017 list, Típico is an album that speaks on the innate beauty of jazz, and the power of longtime friendship and collaboration.

93 backers pledged $17,546 to help bring this project to life.

2018 Nominee for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Ozma Records, The Voyager Golden Record

In 1977, a team led by Carl Sagan curated the Voyager Golden Record — a collection of earthly sights and sounds — which then launched into space aboard the Voyager space probes. Ozma Records’ Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition brought the complete collection of sounds from the Golden Record to vinyl for the first time ever. Created with the help of over 10,000 Kickstarter backers, the box set is the most successful Kickstarter Music project to date — and a testament to the wonders of science, visual, and aural communication.

10,768 backers pledged $1,363,037 to help bring this project to life.

Listen to music by Grammy-nominated Kickstarter creators below