Frank Ocean’s 2016 albums, ‘Endless’ and ‘Blonde’ earned some serious critical acclaim but were not eligible for Grammy nominations because Frank himself did not enter the albums for consideration.
He later revealed his actions were because he felt the annual awards were outdated.
“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance. It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from and hold down what I hold down,”Frank told the New York Times.
“I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated. I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience,” he said.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Grammy producers Ken Ehrlich and David Wild responded to such comments saying Frank’s actions were really tied to his disappointing 2013 Grammy performance.
“We executed his vision knowing that it was faulty and we tried to tell him that, we tried to tell his management that, we tried to tell the record label that. So, his feelings about the Grammys right now, I would imagine, probably go back to that in one way. But honestly, it wasn’t us,” Ken said.
Frank followed up by taking to Tumblr to address the claims made by Ken and David admitting that his 2013 grammy performance wasn’t great and also admitting that he was considering performing in honour of Prince but later settled on continuing his legacy and own personal tribute.
The Grammys are currently undergoing as we speak.
Ken and David have not yet responded to Frank’s statement but it will be interesting to see if they accept his request and discuss the more contentious points of the Grammy Awards.