Just a few weeks ago we reported that Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Endless albums would not be eligible for Grammy nomination because they were reportedly withheld from submission. As a response to those reports Kanye West actually stopped his Oakland Saint Pablo show to promise the world that he would boycott the Grammys if Frank Ocean is not nominated for this year’s award. Read what Kanye West had to say about the situation here below.
“The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album,” Kanye told his Oakland fans. “And I’ll tell you this right now: if his album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bullshit they been throwing us with.”
You can watch footage from Kanye’s speech here below and read the full transcript below.
It is not clear whether or not Frank Ocean even wants his albums to be nominated, in which case it would be questionable if this entire Kanye story even really makes sense. But by now we know Kanye and when he feels something is not right, he is not shy to speak out about it.
Here is the full transcript.
“I don’t know if any of y’all remember, I was supposed to go on tour with [Lady] Gaga. Like about, 6, 7 — a while back. I remember, it was something where she was nominated… She wasn’t nominated for best new artist, right? But they wanted her to perform at the show, they wanted her to open. So the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations to nominate her in order for her to perform in the show.
Now, Frank Ocean on the other hand is very vocal wasn’t nominated for the Grammys. Since he’s vocal, no one wants to say nothing about it. No one wants to do nothing about it. I’m saying this to y’all, because a lot of people try to make a scene like, ‘I’m so self-centered.’ But the album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album. And I’ll tell you this right now: if his album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bullshit they been throwing us with. All we need is a fair shot. Let the album lose, let whoever win or lose. My whole point, my purpose, my existence, everything that people try to diss me for is based on just an instant replay plot. Imagine in sports they didn’t have no instant replay plot, and someone could step completely out of bounds.”