Frank Ocean slammed Taylor Swift’s 1989 album as he fired back at the Grammy Awards producers who hit out at him after he refused to submit his 2016 album ‘Blonde’ for consideration.
The 29-year-old singer admitted his appearance at the annual awards bash three years ago was “absolute s**t” but insisted “the most faulty” TV moment ever was, in fact, seeing Taylor’s LP scoop the prestigious Album of the Year gong over Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ last year.
Writing in a post on Tumblr on Saturday (11.02.17) night after producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild blasted him for refusing to submit his 2016 LP ‘Blonde’ for consideration in the category this year, he said: “Winning a TV award doesn’t christen me successful. Yea yea my 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute shit. Technical difficulties, blah blah.
“F**k 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?
He went on: “I’ve actually been tuning into CBS around this time of year for a while to see who gets the top honour 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.(sic)”
Frank added that the ceremony puts millions of people “to sleep” and they’re being forced to turn to YouTube to watch their favourite performers from the night.
He added: “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.”
Grammy bosses Ken and David hit out at Ocean after he said the show was “dated” and out of touch with young black artists, but they believed his gripe was actually over his shoddy 2013 appearance.
They told Rolling Stone: “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.”