Frank Ocean returned to music after four years with the release of Blonde. Although the album has proved to be a critical and commercial success, many fans were shocked when Blonde received zero Grammy nominations. The singer reveals that it's his fault; he intentionally excluded the album as a way of protesting the awards.
“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” the 29-year-old tells the New York Times. “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.” He points out that black artists are largely excluded from winning the coveted Album of the Year award. He would much rather take a stance against the Grammys.
He also likens himself to football player Colin Kaepernick, who has kneeled during the National Anthem out of solidarity with Black Lives Matter. “I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated," Ocean says. "I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
Frank Ocean isn't the first artist to have issues with the Grammys selection process. Will Smith boycotted the awards in 1989 for marginalizing rap and Jay Z was a no-show for several years for the same reason.
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