When news first broke out that R&B Singer Frank Ocean wouldn’t receive any Grammy nominations for his latest album Blonde, many fans took to social media to post their frustrations and disdain. Even Kanye West started a boycott against the music award. However, Ocean tells New York Times that it was actually all in the plan to release the album after the Grammy submission cut off.
“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” Ocean 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,” he continued. “I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
It has been since 2008 when Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters took home the Album of the Year Award and only 10 black artists have taken home the award since its started in 1959. Recently we have seen artists like Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and others not winning the award, making Ocean’s case even stronger.
Besides the Grammys, Ocean also talked about fulfilling his last obligations with Def Jam and what he will be doing next.
“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,” he said. “It’s more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I’m naïve, where I’m a novice.”
To read the rest of Ocean’s interview, head over to The New York Times.