It’s probably safe to say we won’t be seeing Frank Ocean at the Grammys for a loooong time. The musician, who finally released his much-anticipated album Blonde last year, already snubbed the Grammys by deciding to not submit his 2016 music for consideration. He also called the awards “dated,” which probably didn’t impress the people running the show.
So they responded to it. Ken Ehrlich, a Grammys producer, and David Wild, one of the ceremony’s writers, did a podcast with Rolling Stone Music, where they addressed the whole Frank Ocean vs. the Grammys situation.
They talked about Frank’s performance at the 2013 Grammys, which has been described as “awkward.” Ken and David pinned the awkwardness of the performance on Frank because, as David said, “Frank had a very definite idea of exactly what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it. 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.”
They went on to say that Frank wouldn’t collaborate with them and seemed to be stubborn about the way he wanted to do the performance.
Well, Frank definitely had some thoughts about that! He vented on Tumblr – and even managed to bring Taylor Swift into his beef with the Grammys producers.
“Ok Ken (and David). As much as I hate to make you guys famous or even respond to you directly. We all die one day and you’re old so fuck it,” Frank wrote. “Yea yea my 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute shit. Technical difficulties, blah blah. 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’ve wanted to play the show to ‘redeem’ myself if I felt that way?”
He went on: “In reality, I actually wanted to participate in honouring 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. It took me some time to learn that.”
He talked about how he didn’t need the Grammys to validate his success because he sold a million units of his album without a label.
And then the kicker: “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.”
Taylor hasn’t responded to Frank’s diss, but she can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to awards. At least Frank did it via social media, and not IRL like Kanye West at the VMAs all those years ago?
One’s for sure: Taylor’s fans will always have her back, as demonstrated by these tweets.