Frank Ocean has written an impassioned blog about the Grammy awards.
The singer performed at the 2013 bash, but technical difficulties meant that he struggled with the occasion.
Despite releasing two albums in 2016 the R&B artist refused to put his work forward for this year’s ceremony, a decision that has prompted widespread discussion.
The Grammy Awards’ creative team - producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild – spoke to Rolling Stone recently, pinning the blame for Frank Ocean’s abstention on his previous performance, labelling it “faulty” and “not great TV”.
Deciding to respond, Frank Ocean has posted an impassioned blog on Tumblr, responding directly to those comments.
At one point he writes:
Fuck 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?
The singer reveals that he considered taking part in a tribute to Prince, before rejecting the opportunity:
I figured my best tribute to that man’s legacy would be to continue to be myself out here and to be successful. 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.
Frank Ocean also took a swipe at the Grammy committee for choosing Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ over Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Kill A Butterfly’ for the Best Album award:
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.
Read the full post HERE.