Frank Ocean Says the Grammys Are “Putting People to Sleep”

Frank Ocean Blasts Two Grammy Executives Who Dismissed His Snub
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Frank Ocean Blasts Two Grammy Executives Who Dismissed His Snub
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Frank Ocean posted a not-very-nice reply to two Grammy executives who dismissed his awards ceremony snub.

In 2012, Frank Ocean’s debut album, “Channel Orange,” received critical praise and peaked in the Billboard 200. At the 2013 Grammy Awards, Frank Ocean won a trophy for Channel Orange and performed Forrest Gump. Yet, not everyone was happy with Ocean’s performance, especially Grammy Awards executives.

Frank Ocean had previously declined to submit his 2016 music for Grammy consideration. Instead, he called the awards ceremony “dated” and out of touch with black artists. Calling the high-profile snub his Colin Kaepernick moment, he said,

“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance. 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.”

On Friday, producer Ken Elrich and writer David Wild sat down with Rolling Stone Music Now to discuss this year’s Grammys. Speaking about Ocean’s words, Wild criticized his 2013 Grammy Awards performance.

“Frank had a very definite idea of exactly what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it. Ken said, that’s not great TV, and what he’s taught all of us is, ‘We’re not putting on a radio show… you have to make it a TV moment.’  And he knew from the start that that was not one of those moments.”

Elrich stated that Ocean was “rigid” about his idea. He explained that Ocean’s comments may stem from his poor performance back then.

“We executed his vision knowing that it was faulty. And we tried to tell him that, we tried to tell his management that, we tried to tell the record label that.

So, his feelings about the Grammys right now, I would imagine, probably go back to that in one way. But honestly, it wasn’t us.

Following Elrich and Wind’s Rolling Stone comments, Frank Ocean took to Tumblr to respond. He didn’t have any kind words for either Grammy executive.

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.

You can check out Frank Ocean’s 2013 Forrest Gump performance below.

One Response

  1. Anonymous

    The BEST thing about last nights Grammy Awards – NO KANYE WEST THANK GOD!!! Add to that this arrogant fool Frank Ocean even has a clue about what music is…NOT! He’ll be history a year from now. Hopefully Kanye will be too.