Drake has seven nom­i­na­tions this year.

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of the academy’s ex­pan­sion of the top award fields this year to ac­com­mo­date a broader range of nom­i­nated artists.

In­stead of the usual five nom­i­nated works in each of those fields, this year Record­ing Academy vot­ers spread the wealth among eight nom­i­nees in each cat­e­gory, one of the first steps the academy has taken since last year’s awards were roundly crit­i­cised for a dearth of fe­male win­ners at the top of the heap.

At first glance, it ap­pears this year’s top nom­i­nees are more eq­ui­tably dis­trib­uted: Among the 11 mul­ti­ple nom­i­nees with five or more nods, the break­down is six males and five fe­males.

But look­ing be­yond to the 42 peo­ple with three or more nom­i­na­tions, a gen­der dis­par­ity is still ap­par­ent: 32 are male and just 10 are fe­male.

While hip-hop and R&B again dom­i­nate the most recog­nised works, the in­creased num­ber of en­tries made room for Carlile’s emo­tion­ally re­veal­ing in­die folk-pop, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s paean to star­crossed lovers that is Shal­low from A Star is Born, and the mas­sive hit The Mid­dle from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, an Auto-tuned slice of con­tem­po­rary pop.

“I think what we see is an ac­cu­rate pulse,” Academy Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Neil Port­now told The Times.

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