Frank Ocean: The Grammy system is 'dated'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 November 2016
Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean chose not to submit 'Blonde' for consideration at the Grammys because he finds the system "dated"

Frank Ocean didn't submit 'Blonde' for consideration at the Grammys because he finds the system "dated".

The 29-year-old singer failed to put forward his critically acclaimed album in time for consideration at next year's glitzy award show, a decision he made in protest of the ceremony failing to "represent" people who come from his background.

Speaking to the New York Times newspaper, the 'Novacane' hitmaker said: "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.

"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."

The decision to sit out the awards ceremony comes as the 'Thinkin Bout You' musician noted there had been only six black Grammy winners since he was born in 1987.

And Frank might not be the only star who fails to attend the awards show in February, as music mogul Kanye West previously claimed he would boycott the ceremony if the 'Swim Good' singer's music was missed off the nominations.

He said: "The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean's album.

"And I'll tell you this right now: if his album's not nominated in no categories, I'm not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bulls**t they been throwing us with."

A source confirmed in October that neither of his records were submitted for consideration by his management, record labels or other representations, despite both his 2016 efforts - 'Blonde', and his visual album 'Endless' - being released in plenty of time before the cut-off point of September 30, 2016.

Despite Frank's absence, the Grammys will be broadcast on February 12 2017.

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