It is a matter of fact, not opinion, that Frank Ocean's Blonde was the most anticipated album of this year. After a parade of delayed release dates and a series of internet firestorms that erupted with each tiny detail that emerged, the record finally arrived in late August, just as good as we were promised it would be and well in time of any awards season cutoffs that begin in the fall. But joke's on us, it has just been announced the Blonde is entirely disqualified from the biggest prize of all, this year's Grammy Awards.

And if that wasn't shocking enough, the reason for the album's ineligibility for the 2017 ceremony is because Ocean never submitted his work for consideration. While the exact date of the submission deadline is confidential, it is all but confirmed that Blonde, or even the preceding instrumental work Endless, were both fully qualified to be among this year's nominees.

As of press time, Ocean's camp has yet to release a statement, but a representative for the Grammys disclosed that no attempt had been made by his team to enter his work for consideration. Reasons why Ocean has elected to remove himself from this year's awards are anybody's guess, but you can't deny that the man knows how to make himself a mystery.

[UPDATE] October 19, 2016 5:00 a.m. EST As reported in Billboard, a source close to Frank Ocean's team has confirmed that no attempt was made by Ocean or his staff to submit either Blonde or Endless for Grammy consideration. Many had speculated that some mistake had been made, but all parties involved were aware of the deadlines and deliberately chose to abstain from the nomination process.

In other music news, the plot is thickening concerning Kanye West's recent accusations of having his work stolen by fellow rappers, in that it may have been Kanye doing the stealing. Read about it right here.

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