Justin Timberlake weighs in on Grammys: Frank Ocean had ‘the real Album of the Year’

The Grammys were almost a month ago, but the Album of the Year controversy persists. Adele won the top prize for “25,” upsetting the heavily favored Beyonce (“Lemonade”). But on Wednesday night, March 8, Justin Timberlake took to Twitter to declare, “Frank Ocean had the REAL Album Of The Year with ‘Blonde.'”

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Timberlake doesn’t call out the Grammys by name, but he’s probably not talking about the Academy of Country Music Awards. Of course, Frank Ocean couldn’t have even been nominated for Album of the Year for “Blonde” because he chose not to submit the album for consideration. As Ocean told the New York Times last November, “I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated. I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”

And after this year’s Grammy results Ocean may not be the only one taking a knee. Drake expressed mixed feelings about the recording academy recently even though he received two awards this year; he wondered why his winning song “Hotline Bling” was considered rap at all when there was no rap in it. Kanye West has also spoken publicly against the Grammys. And Beyonce’s latest loss for Album of the Year further inflamed the debate over whether the awards are biased against black artists in the top categories. The same happened to Ocean in 2013, when he lost Best New Artist to Fun. and Album of the Year to Mumford and Sons.

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