Frank Ocean is hitting back at some of the top dogs at the GRAMMYs. In a post on his Tumblr account, Frank called out producer Ken Ehrlich and wrtier David Wild for calling his 2013 performance at the awards show “faulty.” He went on to explain the real fault that stopped him from getting involved in the 2017 GRAMMYs: Taylor Swift’s 2016 Album of the Year win.
“Frank had a very definite idea of exactly what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it,” David said in a Rolling Stone interview. “Ken said, that’s not great TV.'” Ken added added that because Frank was “rigid” about his idea, the GRAMMYs team “executed his vision knowing that it was faulty. And we tried to tell him that.”
Ken and David seem to think Frank kept his music out of GRAMMY contention this year due to that baggage. In a blog post, Frank shared what he actually finds faulty with the GRAMMYs, and it has nothing to do with his own four-year-old performance.
“Yea yea my 2013 performance at the GRAMMYs was absolute shit. Technical difficulties, blah blah. Thanks for the reminder,” Frank wrote. “Fuck that performance though.” Frank went on to lay out his real issue with the Recording Academy.
“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.” Frank hinted that Taylor beating Kendrick Lamar was only a symptom of the GRAMMYs’ larger issues, not the sickness itself.
“Believe the people,” he wrote. “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.”
Read Frank’s entire blog post here.
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(Photo credits: Frank Ocean VEVO YouTube account; Taylor Swift Instagram account)