Frank Ocean Slams Grammy Producers: ‘Winning a TV Award Doesn’t Christen Me Successful’
As you may know, Frank Ocean is boycotting the 2017 Grammy Awards, which is taking place tonight (Feb. 12). This singer called the awards ceremony “dated” and and out of touch with black artists.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich brushed off Ocean’s remark about the Grammys and believes that he’s a little salty over his “awkward” performance at the ceremony in 2013.
On Saturday (Feb. 11), Ocean posted an open letter to the Grammy producers via his Tumblr post. In his missive, the singer wrote that he considered participating in this year’s show to pay homage to Prince, but is now choosing to honor the Purple One by being independent and successful.
Ocean also slammed the Grammy producers for their elitism and making it clear that a golden gramophone doesn’t define him. “Winning a TV award doesn’t christen me successful. It took me some time to learn that,” he wrote.
In other words, he doesn't give a f--- about a goddamn Grammy.
Read Frank Ocean’s letter in its entirety below:
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 f--- it. 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? In reality, I actually wanted to participate in honoring 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. 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. 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. Believe the people. Believe the ones who’d rather watch select performances from your program on YouTube the day after because your show puts them to sleep. Use the old gramophone 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."