It easily beats the last stampede in the album category, Outkast’s 2003 champ Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. The hip-hop duo shared the spoils with 15 engineers/mixers, two mastering engineers and producer Carl Mo.
Rap doesn’t have a monopoly on mob hits. When twangy soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? won best album in 2001, 38 statuettes were dispensed. And Santana’s Supernatural, 1999’s top album, anointed 44 participants.
The record-holder remains disco soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, which won in 1978, when 32 artists and 18 producers collected Grammy gold for best album. Boosting that booty was a rule in force until 1980 allowing artist/producers to receive Grammys for both roles.
Multiple producers and songwriting by committee are far more common now than when the Bee Gees reigned. You have to reach back a dozen years to find the last twosome to win best album: Bob Dylan and Daniel Lanois in 1997 for Time Out of Mind. Even rarer? A self-produced artist like George Michael, who took best album for Faith in 1988. Then, it was lonely at the top.