“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? (Swift's) '1989' getting Album of the Year over (Lamar's) 'To Pimp a Butterfly,'” Frank Ocean said on Tumblr Sunday.
“Believe the people. Believe the ones who’d rather watch select performances from your program on YouTube the day after because your show puts them to sleep. Use the old gramophone to actually listen bro, I’m one of the best alive. And if you’re up for a discussion about the cultural bias and general nerve damage the show you produce suffers from then I’m all for it.”
His comments were a response to Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild who suggested Saturday that the reason why Ocean was boycotting the ceremony this year was because of his poor performance on stage for the 2013 ceremony — when the artist won two awards.
Ocean refused to submit his critically-acclaimed album Blonde — with over a million sold — for consideration by a jury that he said wasn't “representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down."
He noted that since he was born, just a few Black artists have won album of the year, including Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Ray Charles, according to the New York Times.
Besides Ocean, Kanye West, Drake and even Justin Bieber have said they won't be attending the ceremony despite various nominations. Bieber told TMZ he "just doesn't think the Grammys are relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers," while Drake is reportedly on tour in Europe.
In 2009, West criticized the MTV Video Music Awards for rewarding Swift's video, "You Belong With Me" over Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," for Best Female Video. West has received a total of 21 Grammys in his career, yet has systematically lost when he went head-to-head against a white singer, added TMZ.
As for Lamar’s "To Pimp a Butterfly," it will be one of the first of four hip-hop albums to be archived in Harvard University’s library, an album already considered a modern classic less than two years after it was released in March 2015.