Justin Timberlake believes an unsung artist truly deserved the Grammy for Album of the Year.
Timberlake, 36, said nothing ill of Adele but believes Frank Ocean truly had 2016’s best album, and took to Twitter to say as much.
Adele’s “25” beat out Timberlake, Beyonce, Drake and Sturgill Simpson for Album of the Year. Ocean was not among the nominees because he refused to submit his second studio album as a form of protest against the Grammy Awards. “That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” he told The New York Times of the annual awards. “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.” Ocean also noted how few black musicians have won Album of the Year.
Ocean, whose work has the support of major artists like Kanye West, would have rather had his “Colin Kaepernick moment” than attend the show. “I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated. I’d rather this be my moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
Timberlake, for his part, won a Grammy for “Best Song Written for Visual Media” for “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. His song was also nominated for an Oscar.