Frank Ocean has given a rare interview, touching on several different topics.
The American artist released two albums this year, with 'Blonde' and 'Endless' representing some of his most directly autobiographical work to date.
Yet neither album will be nominated for a Grammy, with the singer refusing to allow his material to be submitted.
In a rare interview with the New York Times he has now explained why:
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.
Both records were self-released, following the end of Frank Ocean's deal with Def Jam:
With this record ('Blonde') in particular, I wanted to feel like I won before the record came out, and I did, and so it took a lot pressure off of me about how the record even would perform after the fact. Once the goal is met, everything else is lagniappe. It’s not essential for me to have a big debut week, it’s not essential for me to have big radio records.
Frank Ocean also discussed being invited to perform at large awards ceremonies in the past:
Certain moments were drawbacks for sure. Now I look at things differently, but at the time, yeah. Audiences in excess of five million people [on national TV]. I was always reluctant to do those things except in cases where they had this nostalgic significance to me. Like performing at the VMAs, being tapped to perform at the Grammys—me saying yes to those things had a lot to do with how those things made me feel before I was actually in the business. And just wanting to be rubbing shoulders with those people and being seen at those places. I still was reluctant and sort of sceptical of those things because I questioned whether or not I was prepared.
Check out the full interview HERE.