Will Kanye West Ban The Grammy’s In 2017?

By: Giovanni Zaburoni

How much weight does a threat from Kanye West carry when it comes to the music industry?  After his latest rant, we’re about to see just how important he really is.  While touring in Oakland, California during his Saint Pablo Tour, Kanye told the crowd he will be boycotting the Grammy’s if Frank Ocean’s latest work, “Blonde” and “Endless” are not nominated.  

According to the Daily Mail, Kanye said, “and I’ll tell you this right now: if his album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys.  The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album.  As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bulls**t they been throwing us with.  All we need is a fair shot. Let the album lose, let whoever win or lose.  My whole point, my purpose, my existence, everything that people try to diss me for is based on just an instant replay plot. Imagine in sports they didn’t have no instant replay plot, and someone could step completely out of bounds.  I don’t know if any of y’all remember, I was supposed to go on tour with Lady Gaga.  I remember, it was something where she was nominated.  She wasn’t nominated for best new artist, right? But they wanted her to perform at the show, they wanted her to open.  So the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations to nominate her in order for her to perform in the show.”

While it may or may not be true that the Grammy’s decided to make an exception for Lady Gaga, there are other things happening behind the scenes that are standing in the way of Frank Ocean being recognized at the 2017 Grammy Awards.  According to Billboard, no one from Ocean’s team including his management or his labels submitted his work to be nominated.  How is that the Grammy’s problem?  Why should they be bashed because an artist or an artist’s team decided not to submit their work for consideration?  The Grammy eligibility cutoff date was September 30th.  Ocean’s two albums were released in August.  There was plenty of time to turn in a submission but they chose not to do it.  

Kanye has always been passionate about artists he has relationships with.  His rants can be entertaining but to the common person, going on a tirade about a Grammy nomination when there are so many other problems in the world this is not a major issue.  This is rich people’s problems.  If Ocean wanted the nomination, he should have submitted on time.  

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