RnB artist Frank Ocean has spoken out against some of the most prominent figures involved in the Grammy Awards ceremony. Ocean experienced his most successful year to date in 2016, but chose not to submit his album ‘Blonde’ for consideration.
Frank Ocean is one of the most highly publicised musicians on the planet. His unique take on modern RnB and hip hop music has been described as ‘groundbreaking’ by a number of acclaimed critics and music publications.
Back in 2013, Ocean won his first ever Grammy award for his debut studio album ‘Channel Orange’. It was an important step in the young artists career; however, Ocean received criticism for his performance of the song ‘Forrest Gump’ at that years ceremony.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Grammy producers Ken Ehrlich and David Wild reflected on Ocean’s 2013 performance stating: “That’s not great TV.” They went on to describe the performance as “rigid” and “faulty”.
Ocean has now hit back at the producers in a lengthy tumblr post.
In the post Ocean explains: “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 added: “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.