Drake has seven nominations this year.
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.