The thing is, though, it seems, based on a source from Ocean’s camp, he willingly chose to not submit the albums.
Naturally, Kanye West doesn’t care.
During a performance of “Wolves” at his show in Oakland over the weekend, he said he’ll boycott the GRAMMYs in Frank Ocean isn’t nominated for an award… despite Frank not really wanting one.
“If that album is not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the GRAMMYs,” he told the crowd.
I get it, though. When I briefly wrote about it last week, I said it’s dumb in the first place you have to submit paperwork to get considered — especially when you’ve sold over 300,000 albums and garnered the attention Frank Ocean has.
“As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bullshit they’ve been doing to us for years,” Kanye continued in the speech.
He recalled a story of the Recording Academy wanting Lady Gaga to open the show despite not getting nominated for Best New Artist, but she wasn’t nominated for anything — usually a requirement for the GRAMMY show. So the Academy “secretly” changed the nominations and so they could use her fame and popularity for their show’s own sake.
(Gaga was eventually nominated for Best Dance Song with her first single, “Just Dance” and lost to the live version of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” — which, yes, Kanye used to make one of his biggest songs ever.)
Watch the full
rant speech below.