*He may be “out there” and prone to rants, but when he does go “out there” with one of his patented rants, people listen to Kanye West. At his Oakland Saint Pablo show, West put the Grammys on notice that he would not appear if Frank Ocean isn’t nominated for any award.
Yes, Ye is threatening to boycott the Grammys because earlier this month, news surfaced that Frank Ocean’s new Blonde and Endless albums would not be eligible for Grammy nomination because they were supposed to have been withheld from submission.
“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.”
Kanye does have a point about the Grammys changing their own nomination rules.; They did it a few years ago when they wanted Lady Gaga to perform at the ceremony.
Check out a transcript of Kanye’s talk and watch the footage below.
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.
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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.
— UTOR (@utorlive) October 23, 2016
Fader points out that although Kanye probably thinks he’s doing the right thing, maybe Frank Ocean and his team don’t even want Blonde and Endless to be considered for Grammy noms. On the other hand, Chance the Rapper has been taking out Billboard ads trying to get Grammy voters to consider his streaming-only Coloring Book album for a nomination.