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Frank Ocean Calls Taylor Swift's Grammy Win Over Kendrick Lamar 'Faulty' In New Open Letter

Frank Ocean Calls Taylor Swift's Grammy Win Over Kendrick Lamar 'Faulty' In New Open Letter

Frank Ocean is calling out Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and show writer David Wild in a new open letter posted to his Tumblr account.

The 29-year-old singer, who will not be attending tonight’s ceremony, cites Taylor Swift‘s 2016 win over Kendrick Lamar for Album of the Year as “hands down one of the most ‘faulty’ TV moments I’ve seen.”

This was in response to Ken telling Rolling Stone about Frank‘s 2013 performance, “We executed his vision knowing that it was faulty. And we tried to tell him that, we tried to tell his management that, we tried to tell the record label that. So, his feelings about the Grammys right now, I would imagine, probably go back to that in one way. But honestly, it wasn’t us.”

“Yea yea, my 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute sh-t,” Frank wrote. Technical difficulties, blah blah. Thanks for the reminder. Very much appreciated. F-ck that performance, though. You think that’s why I kept my work out of the Grammys process this year? Don’t you think I would’ve wanted to play the show to ‘redeem’ myself if I felt that way?”

WHAT DO YOU THINK about Frank Ocean’s Grammys letter?

Click inside to read Frank’s complete Tumblr post about the Grammys…

Ok Ken (and David). As much as I hate to make you guys famous or even respond to you directly. We all die one day and you’re old so fuck it. Yea yea my 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute shit. Technical difficulties, blah blah. Thanks for the reminder. Very much appreciated. Fuck that performance though. You think that’s why I kept my work out of the Grammy process this year? Don’t you think I would’ve wanted to play the show to ‘redeem’ myself if I felt that way? In reality, I actually wanted to participate in honoring Prince on the show but then I figured my best tribute to that man’s legacy would be to continue to be myself out here and to be successful. Winning a TV award doesn’t christen me successful. It took me some time to learn that. I bought all my masters back last year in the prime of my career, that’s successful. Blonde sold a million plus without a label, that’s successful. I am young, black, gifted and independent.. that’s my tribute. I’ve actually 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? 1989 getting album of the year over To Pimp A Butterfly. Hands down one of the most ‘faulty’ TV moments I’ve seen. 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. Have a good night.

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  • JT

    What a whiner.

  • :)

    Another snowflake crying because they didn’t win.

  • disqus_EspHjuKwKU

    Frank Ocean pulling a Kanye

  • flying777

    poor little man

  • persononhere

    poor taylor. seriously, why does every black man bring her into their discussion? she has nothing to even do with this guy… i don’t get it. i can only imagine they want the money and fame she’s achieved and are jealous b/c think they are better musicians?

  • FrenchGirl

    Who vote for the Grammy awards ? Blame the voters ,Not The producers

  • Allie Soren

    Norman Golden said it best with his tweet last night “Kinda over the attacks on @taylorswift13 . She doesn’t come out and say anything negative about others winning awards. It’s getting old.” it’s. getting. old.

  • Luna

    ¨I am one of the best alive” my God! love yourself too much maybe? Really!
    So much for not caring for Tv awards, you sound like a kid having a tantrum dude.
    One of the best alive, this is ridiculous

  • Lillian

    You lose all respect when you start whining like a little kid and flattering yourself

    This is stupid, you are NOT one of the best alive. You are NOT going to be a legend when you are dead.

    Get your head out of your ass and stop bitching about other artist and awards. Maybe someone would listen when you talk then.

  • Tricia7 ❤

    Kanye will be proud

  • werd

    Why did you have to specify “black men”???

  • Cooper

    I don’t know what he is even yammering on about.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Im convinced artists will whine all the way to winning awards.. this is so ridic.

  • CCEkeke

    Not to add salt here, but didn’t Ocean remove his work from Grammy consideration because he felt he was above all that? Why does he care who won or not then?

  • swiftie95

    He’s just salty because his friend didn’t win. Taylor Swift deserved that award, and she is way more talented than Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamr

  • swiftie95

    He’s just salty because his friend didn’t win. Taylor Swift deserved that award, and she is way more talented than Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamr

  • swiftie95

    He’s just salty because his friend didn’t win. Taylor Swift deserved that award, and she is way more talented than Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamr

  • Mar

    Nothing like a superiority complex to lose all respect for someone. There are more important things going on in the world than winning a damn Grammy. Kanye 2.0 and not just because he shades Taylor. He seems like a rude, pretentious, egotistical mf.

  • Meg

    To Pimp A Butterfly was a much better album: relevant and necessary in a way 1989 was not (an album primarily about a boyfriend she dated 2 years prior, nothing new despite her ‘single and friendship’ narrative).

    Frank is right: the Grammys rewards white artists over artists of color.

  • Lola

    maybe if you are deaf or have no taste

  • Cooper

    Is there a reason these men feel the need to drag a woman? At least go after another mediocre male artist. People use Taylor as a cop out these days.

  • Kyla

    Nothing wrong with that statement. He feels he is one of the best artists out there, which can be argued. Some of his fans probably think he is the best.

  • Kyla

    He was replying to a criticism.

  • persononhere

    because black guys are the only ones hating on her publically and bringing her up constantly in discussions of their music

  • mwest

    He has interesting things to say but he forgets, music is subjective. To him To Pimp a Butterfly was a better album but obviously some disagree. Taylor Swift is certainly not as cool as Kendrick Lamar, but I saw both live on the Grammys and honestly, I couldn’t understand half of what Lamar was rapping and just based on that alone I’d choose her album over his.

    But I don’t mind celebrities having their say because that’s what makes them an artist. I still like Frank Ocean’s music .

  • devvv

    Except he didn’t even submit his latest work for consideration (and he did win when he was nominated)…I’m guessing reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit because you completely missed his point.

  • Dee

    i learned a while ago that , especially when it comes to awards, the country is mainly …country. so white and country has a higher audience over whats popular and will ultimately have more votes.

  • Legendary Trolly

    Your forgetting something. 1989 was an album in which Taylor completely separated herself from country music, and transcended into pop star status. It was her coming out album and it accomplished legendary things, while Kendrick’s album was looked at as his worse album. He was going to lose period, and it would be unfair if Taylor lost to him

  • Legendary Trolly

    Your forgetting something. 1989 was an album in which Taylor completely separated herself from country music, and transcended into pop star status. It was her coming out album and it accomplished legendary things, while Kendrick’s album was looked at as his worse album. He was going to lose period, and it would be unfair if Taylor lost to him

  • Legendary Trolly

    He is making it seem like Taylor didnt deserve to beat Kendrick. It would’ve been unfair if Kendrick beat Taylor. 1989 was an album in which Taylor transcended into a new sound, new lane, and every song was great, and she broke records. Kendrick’s album is his worse one. An album in which he decided to make disco music.

    He is acting like he is for artist rights. Fool you are basically saying that Kendrick should’ve won because he is black, but the better artist should’ve loss because she was white, even though she stumped him in quality.

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  • Dee

    ok taylor (lol). I didnt mean her specifically or country as in music. I mean in general, the things we see in pop culture in movies and in music are not necessarily the most popular when it comes to america.

  • Legendary Trolly

    I aint Taylor, Im just saying how stupid his comments are.

  • suzybel

    Talk about tooting your own horn!

  • spaceman

    Blacks need to stay over on BET Awards. The whites don’t bitch about them. Just stay on BET crap Awards so you can win something.

  • Fred1259

    Sniff is so stuck on herself. Nasty whore.

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