Frank Ocean On Why He Shun Grammys

Despite winning two Grammys in 2013, Frank Ocean explains why he purposely didn't submit his new albums for Grammys 2017 nominations.
In an in-depth interview with NY Times, Frank reveals he finds the system 'dated'.

"That institution certainly has nostalgic importance," he told the publication. "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" he said referencing the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who remained seated during the national anthem.

“I believe that I’m one of the best in the world at what I do, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be,” Ocean asserted. “It’s more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I’m naïve, where I’m a novice.”

Joining him for the Kaepernick moment is Kanye West, who said that if Ocean’s album wasn’t nominated, he wouldn’t show up at the awards. "I'll tell you this right now, if his album is not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys," Kanye told the audience at one of his concerts last month (Oct16). "As artists, we've got to come together to fight the bulls**t."

-Devashree Goenka