Acclaimed singer's album "Blonde" will not be submitted for award consideration.
Frank Ocean, whose long-awaited album “Blonde” was released to critical acclaim this year, will not be at the Grammys next year.
In a rare recent interview, the 29-year-old musician, songwriter and performer, who was born in California and raised in New Orleans, told The New York Times that he decided not to submit his work for consideration because of the Grammys’ historical disregard for the work of black artists.
Although Ocean won two of the coveted music awards in 2013, “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,” he told The New York Times.
Noting what he called an outdated system for choosing the award winners, he said, “I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
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