Kanye West is taking a stand for his musical peers once again. After protesting Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 to defend Beyonce, and then protesting Beck at the Grammy Awards in 2015 to defend, well, Beyonce again, he spoke during a concert in Oakland, California, to protest the entire Grammy organization for snubbing his friend Frank Ocean (watch above), but he doesn’t seem to understand how the Grammys work.
“So, you know they didn’t put his album in the Grammy nominations … Frank Ocean is very vocal that his album wasn’t nominated for the Grammys, and since he’s vocal no one wants to say nothing about it, no one wants to do nothing about it,” said West. “I’ll tell you this right now, if his album is not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we have to come together to fight the bullsh*t … All we need is a fair shot.”
But there aren’t even any Grammy nominations to protest yet: they’re not announced until December 6. More to the point, Ocean wasn’t snubbed by the Grammys at all — it’s possible the Grammys were snubbed by Ocean. The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter released two albums during the eligibility period, “Endless” and “Blonde,” but it was recently reported that neither was submitted for Grammy consideration. Ocean and his team seem to be aware of Grammy procedures — or at least they were in 2012 when he received five nominations and two wins for his debut album “Channel Orange” — so it’s possible this was a conscious choice, but even if it was merely an oversight, it’s less about Grammy injustice than it is about Grammy paperwork.
Of all people, West should understand how the Grammys work. He has won an astounding 21 trophies, tying him with fellow rapper Jay-Z as the 10th most awarded musician in the history of the awards, and he’s eligible again this year for his 2016 album “The Life of Pablo.” Perhaps he could have given Ocean a hand with his entry forms.
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