Not surprisingly, the most crowded categories are record, song and album of the year.
All Grammys are created equal, at least theoretically. An artist’s lifetime Grammy Awards tally makes no distinction between, say, record of the year and best regional roots music album.
Those examples weren’t plucked at random. Record of the year is the most crowded category on this year’s Grammy entry list, with 1,463 entries. Best regional roots music album is this year’s least crowded category (excluding classical and craft categories), with just 41 entries.
Not surprisingly, the most crowded categories are record, song and album of the year -- three of the vaunted Big Four categories. The fourth of Big Four categories -- best new artist -- has 343 entries this year, which makes it the 15th most crowded category this year.