Kanye West revealed at a recent stop on his Saint Pablo Tour, that if Frank Ocean’s most recent album, Blonde, was not nominated for a Grammy, he would not attend the ceremony.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Frank Ocean missed the deadline to submit his most recent and critically-acclaimed album, Blonde, for Grammy consideration. In similar fashion, Ocean’s visual album, Endless, was also not submitted for consideration. After the reports surfaced, Kanye West took the opportunity to notify fans of his solidarity with Frank Ocean.
“The album I listen to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album,” he says in a clip from the show. “If his album is not nominated in no categories, I’m not coming to the Grammys. As artists we gotta come together.”
This comes only 2 months after Kanye strongly urged radio hosts and those in positions of influence within the industry to support Ocean’s Blonde, on the radio and streaming services.
“Me and Drake both listen to Frank. Radio has to support amazing artists,” he tweeted back in August. “Every station across the globe. I Heart. Clear Channel local stations. Satellite. Every station. This will make the world better. If anyone at radio really loves music … Come together and pick your favorite Frank Ocean song and play it at least 10 times a day.”
This is not the first time a major artist has passed on the opportunity to submit their work for the Grammy’s, as Drake also did not submit his single “Hotline Bling”. While this is entirely speculation at this point, it is worth noting that a lot of artists have been very open about their dissatisfaction for the Grammy’s and its inner workings. Perhaps if enough artists, and the right artists, begin to snub the Grammy’s with what are obviously winning projects, the legitimacy and popularity of the Grammy’s could begin to decline significantly. Something that’s already been happening now for years.
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