Frank Ocean Drags The Grammys & Taylor Swift In (Truthful) Tumblr Post
Frank Ocean finally explained his decision not to submit Blonde for Grammy consideration (and dissed a certain career victim) in a scathing Tumblr post addressed to the event’s producers. “My 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute shit,” the 29-year-old begins. “Thanks for the reminder. Very much appreciated. 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 have 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 figure my best tribute to that man’s legacy would be to continue to be myself out here and to be successful.”
“Winning at TV award doesn’t christen me successful,” he continued. “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. 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? [Taylor Swift’s] 1989 getting album of the year over [Kendrick Lamar’s] To Pimp A Butterfly. Hands down one of the most ‘faulty’ TV moments I’ve seen.
After saying what everyone thought about last year’s AOTY winner, Frank handed out a little advice. “Believe the people. Believe the ones who’d rather watch select performances on YouTube the day after because your show puts them to sleep. Use the old gramaphone to actually listen bro, I’m one of the best alive. And if you’re up for a discussion about the cultural bias and general nerve damage the show you produce suffers from then I’m all for it. Have a good night.” You can read Frank’s full post here.
Frank’s 2013 Grammy performance: