Critics’ darling Frank Ocean withdrew his hugely successful (both critically and commerically) Blonde album from Grammy consideration this year and won’t be performing.
In an interview with Rolling Stone (via Pitchfork), Grammy producers Ken Ehrlich and David Wild were asked why this was so. They responded by opining that Frank’s performance of his song “Forrest Gump” at the 2013 Grammys sucked and that he didn’t want to give us the sequel. Frank took to Tumblr to refute this, and explain exactly why he wasn’t Grammy-bound this year. And it’s all Taylor Swift’s fault (everything is)!
In a long post, Frank began by referring to those two as old but agreed that his performance that night wasn’t thrilling.
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. YEA YEA MY 2013 PERFORMANCE AT THE GRAMMYS WAS ABSOLUTE SHIT. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, BLAH BLAH. THANKS FOR THE REMINDER. VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
He then noted that he WAS originally planning to perform as part of a Prince tribute, but decided that the Grammys do everything wrong, and figured his way of honoring The Purple One was to continue to work at G.O.A.T.-ing the music industry game.
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 when Tay Tay got yanked into it. Frank feels that Kendrick Lamar (who, coincidentally enough, does a guest spot in and on Taylor’s’s “Bad Blood” video and song) and his album To Pimp A Butterfly should have won the Grammy over Swifty.
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.
You can read his entire post here. Ooooo, there’s a serpent squad about to coil around Frank’s neck! Frankly (see what I did there), the Grammys have never been known to correctly reflect what’s relevant or worthwhile in the music industry. This is the organization that gave a Grammy to two lip-synching imposters in 1990. Did you know “Who Let The Dogs Out?” won a Grammy in 2001? And Lady Gaga might have won the Superbowl with her fake cat jump this year, but she did not win the Grammys with that
Intel commercial David Bowie tribute.
So Frank can rest easy knowing that a lot of people think that the Grammys are a meaningless shitastrophe.