Frank Ocean deserves a trophy for the finesse move he made this summer by releasing two albums in two days. But he won’t be getting a Grammy for neither one.
Frank Ocean is one of the most talented singer/songwriters of his generation but he will not be recognized by the Grammy Association for his 2016 efforts. According to Billboard, neither of Ocean’s summer albums, Blonde or Endless, are eligible for Grammys because they weren’t submitted by his labels or management. Both albums were released before the Sept. 30 deadline.
It is unclear if this was an oversight or done on purpose. Blonde was released on Ocean’s own Boys Don’t Cry imprint and distributed exclusively through Apple Music. Endless was notoriously released on Def Jam, serving as Ocean’s last contractual release with the label which enabled him to put out Blonde independently the very next day.
Billboard writes that a source close to the situation says that Ocean’s team was aware of the deadline and chose not to submit the album for consideration.
Could this mean that Mr. Ocean and his team have yet another industry trick under their sleeve? He bucked the system by shrewdly releasing two albums back-t0-back. Is this Ocean’s way of bucking at the Grammy association and their politics?