Frank Ocean Defends Decision to Skip GRAMMYs, Criticizes Producers and Taylor Swift's 2016 Win
By Alex Ungerman
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He doesn't "talk much or nothing," but Frank Ocean is ready to have some type of discussion about the GRAMMYs.
The Blonde singer took to his Tumblr page to trash music's biggest night, after the show's producer, Ken Ehrlich, and writer David Wild criticized Ocean's "faulty" 2013 GRAMMYs performance in a recent interview.
"Yea yea my 2013 performance at the GRAMMYs was absolute s**t. Technical difficulties, blah blah. Thanks for the reminder. Very much appreciated," the 29-year-old singer wrote. "F**k 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," he added. "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."
Ocean then turned his attention to last year's show, where Taylor Swift's 1989 won Album of the Year over Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly.
"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," Ocean penned, with a not so subtle nod to Ehrlich's words from the interview.
Ocean's clap back was in response to Ehrlich and Wild suggesting in a recent Rolling Stone interview that they had advised the singer against his 2013 GRAMMYs performance, which involved him standing still while a video of his legs were shown running on a video platform in front of him.
"Frank had a very definite idea of exactly what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it," Wild shared. "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."
"We executed his vision knowing that it was faulty," Ehrlich added. "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."
Meanwhile, it's probably safe to assume Ocean's friend, Kanye West, won't be in attendance at the GRAMMYs, after the rapper shared last year that he would boycott the show if the "Nikes" singer wasn't nominated. (Ocean ended up not submitting Blonde for GRAMMY contention.)
Watch the video below to see West's complicated history with the GRAMMYs.