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Kanye to boycott Grammys if Frank Ocean not nominated

By | Published on Monday 24 October 2016

Kanye West

If the Grammys don’t nominate Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond(e)’ for an award, Kanye West has promised not to attend the event next year. So, that seems like a simple equation.

It was reported last week that reps for Ocean had failed to log either of his recent new long players – the Universal released ‘Endless’ or his main new record, the self-released ‘Blond(e)’ – for the next round of Grammy Awards, meaning they won’t be eligible for any nominations.

But at a gig this weekend, West – who, you might remember, generally has strong opinions on who deserves awards and who doesn’t – demanded that Ocean at least be shortlisted for a Grammy gong or two.

According to the NME, he told his audience: “The album I listen to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album. I’ll tell you this right now: If his album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys”.

Of course, there’s a slightly confusing double negative in there that provides a neat get out for West should Ocean not get shortlisted but he decides he still likes the idea of a free feed at the US industry’s annual back-slapping bash.