Frank Ocean’s Grammys boycott just got deeper.
Frank Ocean’s beef with the Grammys isn’t ending any time soon. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the creative team behind the show, producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild, said that they had advised Ocean against his “faulty” 2013 show-closing performance. “That’s not great TV,” Ehrlich said.
Ocean, who purposefully did not submit his two qualifying albums Blonde and Endless for consideration this year, has responded to Ehrlich and Wild via his Tumblr:
“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?
“I’ve 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.”
He also says that he was interested in participating in this year’s Prince tribute, but that taking control of his career and not caring what other people think is tribute in its own way:
“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.”
Read Ocean’s full statement here.