Frank Ocean officially missed the submission deadline for Grammy nominations and it wasn’t by accident.
In a rare interview with The New York Times, Ocean said his decision to abstain from submitting his albums “Endless” and “Blonde” was made in protest: “That institution certainly has nostalgic importance. It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.”
The 29-year-old singer believes changes need to be made: “I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated.”
And he made a bold statement to boot: “I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.” Ocean also noted that only a few black artists have ever won Album of the Year.
Kanye West previously vowed to boycott the award show if Ocean wasn’t nominated, but it looks like the “Blonde” singer may not have told Yeezy about his plan.