Frank Ocean on Sitting Out the 2017 Grammys: ‘I’d Rather This Be My Colin Kaepernick Moment’
Frank Ocean has been known to avoid interviews and long exchanges with the press, but he had a conversation with The New York Times recently, and it was published on Tuesday (Nov. 15).
During the talk, the low-key 29-year-old touched on a variety of topics, including buying himself out of his Def Jam contract and moving to London after the success of Channel Orange. On top of that, Ocean said he wouldn't be putting his Blonde album up for Grammy consideration, because the award system doesn't represent who he is or what he wants his music to be.
"That institution certainly has nostalgic importance," he said. "It just doesn't seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from and hold down what I hold down."
Ocean also pointed out that only a small number of black artists won Album of the Year, and the entire nominating and selection process is old and out of touch.
"I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening is dated," he said. "I'd rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience."
You can read the full New York Times piece on the singer here.