Singer calls out Grammy organizers over award boycot

Frank Ocean has an obvious axe to grind with the organizers of the Grammy awards and will be sitting it out this year.

Frank Ocean

The singer took to social media to call out the award organisers over their perception of his reasons for boycotting the Grammy's this year and their 'Album of the Year' choice in 2016.


He also explained that he considered performing a tribute to the late pop legend, Prince's honor, “But then I figured my best tribute to that man's legacy would be to continue to be myself out here and to be successful.”

In the post he shared on Friday, February 10, 2017, he wrote:

"Ok, Ken (and David). As much as I hate to make you guys famous or even respond to you directly. We all die one day and you’re old so fuck it. Yea yea my 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute shit. Technical difficulties, blah blah. Thanks for the reminder. Very much appreciated. Fuck that performance though.

"You think that’s why I kept my work out of the Grammy process this year? Don’t you think I would’ve wanted to play the show to ‘redeem’ myself if I felt that way? In reality, I actually wanted to participate in honoring Prince on the show but then I figured my best tribute to that man’s legacy would be to continue to be myself out here and to be successful.

"Winning a TV award doesn’t christen me successful. It took me some time to learn that. I bought all my masters back last year in the prime of my career, that’s successful. Blonde sold a million plus without a label, that’s successful. I am young, black, gifted and independent. that’s my tribute. I’ve actually been tuning into CBS around this time of year for a while to see who gets the top honor and you know what’s really not 'great TV’ guys? 1989 getting album of the year over To Pimp A Butterfly. Hands down one of the most 'faulty’ TV moments I’ve seen.

"Believe the people. Believe the ones who’d rather watch select performances from your program on YouTube the day after because your show puts them to sleep. Use the old gramophone to actually listen bro, I’m one of the best alive. And if you’re up for a discussion about the cultural bias and general nerve damage the show you produce suffers from then I’m all for it. Have a good night."

Earlier, the Grammy Awards’ creative team, producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild, granted Rolling Stone magazine an interview in which they discussed Ocean's decision to boycott the ceremony this year.

Even more specifically, they talked about his performance of “Forest Gump” at the 2013 Grammys, calling it “faulty” and “not great TV,” and suggested that the experience may have dissuaded him from performing again.


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