Here's Why Kanye West Plans on Skipping Out on the Grammys Entirely

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04:  Kanye West performs during Puff Daddy and Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour at Madison Square Garden on September 4, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Live Nation)

Here's Why Kanye West Plans on Skipping Out on the Grammys Entirely

"As artists we gotta come together."

Published October 23, 2016

There is no denying that Kanye West is very much #TeamFrankOcean.

In fact, he's so passionate about supporting the 28-year-old recording artist, that he has decided to take a stand against attending the Grammys, in the wake of the news breaking that Ocean's 2016 albums, Blonde and Endless, are ineligible to be nominated for this year's awards. 

During the Oakland, Californita pitstop on his Saint Pablo Tour, the rapper decided to pause his set for a couple minutes to explain why he feels Ocean deserves to be nominated, citing the past example of Lady Gaga, who was an artist with whom the Grammy committee was flexible with regarding submission deadlines.

“The album I listen to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album,” he tells the sold-out crowd. “If his album is not nominated in no categories, I’m not coming to the Grammys. As artists, we gotta come together.”

He is then met with roaring applause, with fans wondering if West will stick to his word and boycott the awards show.

Earlier this summer, 'Ye took to Twitter multiple times to support Ocean, including posting a passionate call-to-action for "anyone at radio [who] really loves music" to "come together and pick your favorite Frank Ocean song and play it at least 10 times a day."

Considering Ocean was nominated for six Grammy awards for his 2012 debut, Channel Orange, and he took home two of those awards, there's a very strong change that the incredibly talented artist would add another gold Gramophone or two to his collection if he were given the opportunity again.

Listen to Kanye West's latest rant standing in solidarity with Frank Ocean in the clip below.

Written by KC Orcutt

(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Live Nation)


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