Frank Ocean’s latest album Blonde, after a long wait, was a critical success and considered by many fans and industry observers to be a lock for at least one, if not multiple, Grammy awards come the 2017 ceremony. However, the submission deadline came and went and the album wasn’t entered into consideration for the yearly music fete. Now, in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times (his first full interview in many years) which ranges from why he doesn’t care about this year’s Grammys to his major career changes to whether he’s been in love since Channel Orange was released, Ocean answers that question and many more.
In the interview, Ocean discusses how agreeing to perform at shows like the Grammys or the VMA’s was based on how those types of institutions affected him before he was up to his neck in the industry itself, and how he’s jealous that Daft Punk can be in public without being recognized in an instant. In regards to the Grammys and not submitting Blonde by the deadline, Ocean admitted…
“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” he said. “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.”