And the Grammy Nominees Are . . .

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When Mary Lambert came to Kickstarter to make her very first EP in 2010, she offered a reward tier that would allow a backer to be her date to the Grammys. At the time, none of her 37 backers took her up on the offer — it required a pledge at the $1,000 level, which was half of her total goal. But in 2014, not only was Mary nominated for a Grammy, she even took the stage at the ceremony to perform with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Kickstarter creators themselves!).

On Kickstarter, we see Music projects for everything from just-starting-out demos to new works by chart-topping, award-winning musicians and industry veterans. And as The New York Times recently noted, a number of these talented creators have earned Grammy nominations for their work, among them Darcy James ArgueThe Smith Tapes, and Lee “Scratch” Perry. We’ve also had the pleasure of toasting four Kickstarter-funded works that took home golden gramophones: Roomful of Teeth's debut, Mike Farris's Shine for the People, Jo-EL Sonnier's The Legacy, and the first studio recording by the Pacific Mambo Orchestra

This year, in the run-up to the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, we’re cheering on four nominees who made their work with the support of their biggest fans here on Kickstarter. (And if you want to listen to some tunes from current and past years' nominees while you're reading, our Music team put together this playlist for you!)

The envelope, please!

2016 Nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album

Identities Are Changeable by Miguel Zenón
This project was brought to life with $21,229 from 111 backers.
This project was brought to life with $21,229 from 111 backers.

Miguel Zenón wrote original music for his jazz quartet — plus a twelve-piece big band — and added multimedia elements to create a musical exploration of national identity. The score is inspired by interviews that Zenón conducted with various New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent.

2016 Nominee for Best Blues Album

Descendants of Hill Country by the Cedric Burnside Project

This project was brought to life with $9,850 from 101 backers.
This project was brought to life with $9,850 from 101 backers.

The Cedric Burnside Project’s foot-stomping blues takes the musical traditions of North Mississippi Hill Country and runs with them. The culmination of a life of blues-making, Burnside’s Descendants of Hill Country has been called “a true testimony [to] the honesty and integrity of the blues tradition at its very best."

2016 Nominee for Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Play by Andrew Norman

This project was brought to life with $9,525 from 162 backers.
This project was brought to life with $9,525 from 162 backers.

 “A video game approach to the orchestra” is how award-winning composer Andrew Norman describes this eclectic, adventurous, and playful fifty-minute piece.

2016 Nominee for Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Stroke by Joan Tower

This was project was brought to life with $15,585 from 86 backers.
This was project was brought to life with $15,585 from 86 backers.

Composer Joan Tower and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra collaborated on this recording of three of Tower’s celebrated works, part of the Symphony’s mission to foster the creation, promotion, and preservation of a distinctly American repertoire. The project "has helped make people all over the world aware of our orchestra's commitment to recording contemporary American music." 

Congratulations to all the nominees — we'll be rooting for you!

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Monday, February 15.

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