Frank Ocean Ethers Grammys Producers In Scathing Open Letter

NEW YORK - JULY 31: Frank Ocean seen out in Soho on JULY 31, 2015 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)

Frank Ocean Ethers Grammys Producers In Scathing Open Letter

"Believe the people ... your show puts them to sleep."

Published February 12, 2017

Frank Ocean is at war with the Grammys.

The Blonde singer took to his favorite medium, Tumblr, to respond to the shade thrown at him by the award show's creative team, Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild, in Rolling Stone on Saturday. In the interview, Ehrlich and Wild subtly dissed Ocean's infamous 2013 performance of "Forrest Gump," calling it "not great TV" and essentially laying the blame at Frank's feet.

"Frank had a very definite idea of exactly what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it," Wild said. "Ken said, that's not great TV, and what he's taught all of us is, 'We're not putting on a radio show ... you have to make it a TV moment.' And he knew from the start that that was not one of those moments."

Welp, Frank has some words for Ken and David in response, and they're pretty harsh.

"Yea yea my 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute shit. Technical difficulties, blah blah. Thanks for the reminder. Very much appreciated," he began his letter, and then went on to explain why he opted out of participating in this year's Grammys entirely (including submitting the paperwork to be considered for a nomination). "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."

Then came the real burn: "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."

Here's Frank's full post:

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.

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? 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.

And here's a look at that infamous 2013 performance:

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)

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