“The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album,” West, 39, said during a rant at his Saint Pablo Tour concert in Oakland, California, on Saturday, October 22. “I’ll tell you this right now: If his album is not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we’ve got to come together to fight the bulls–t.”
The “Wolves” rapper’s vow comes days after Billboard reported that neither of the projects Ocean, 28, released this year (full-length release Blonde and the avant-garde visual album Endless) were submitted for Grammy consideration by the singer’s labels, management or representatives, despite both being released ahead of the September 30 eligibility cutoff date.
West claimed on Saturday night that the Recording Academy previously made a deadline exception for Lady Gaga in 2010.
“[Gaga] wasn’t nominated for best new artist, right?” he said. “But they wanted her to perform at the show. They wanted her to open. So the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations in order to nominate her, in order for her to perform in the show.”
The MC continued, “Now Frank Ocean, on the other hand, is very vocal that his album wasn’t nominated for the Grammys, right? Since he’s vocal, no one wants to say nothing about it. No one wants to do nothing about it. And I’m saying this to y’all because a lot of people try to make a scene, like, ‘I’m so self-centered.'”
Earlier this summer, West praised Ocean (who won two Grammys in 2013) for his new music in a series of tweets: “If anyone at radio really loves music … Come together and pick your favorite Frank Ocean song and play it at least 10 times a day. … This will make the world better. Me and Drake both listen to Frank. Radio has to support amazing artists. … Frank album on repeat.”
The 2017 Grammy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, December 8. The ceremony airs on CBS on February 12, 2017.
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