Frank Ocean on Grammys and why he believes they’re outdated
Frank Ocean took to Tumblr last night to post a new letter addressing The Grammys. The young R&B artist details what went wrong, why he opted out of doing a Prince tribute, and explained not submitting his album Blonde for award consideration.
Frank Ocean talks about how Taylor Swift beat out Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly with 1989, and why that isn’t great tv. He even admits his 2013 performance of “Forrest Gump” sucked. He also challenges Ken and David of the The Grammys to a discussion about the show’s cultural bias and calls himself one of the best artists alive.
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.
Um, that’s good and all but this letter sounds ego driven and I just don’t think Blonde or Endless deserve any awards.