In a revealing new profile for The New York Times, Frank Ocean explains that he’s rejected the awards show system altogether, noting that it has largely ignored efforts from musicians of color in the Album of the Year category over its 50-plus-year history.
“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” Ocean said. “It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.”
“I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated,” he continued. “I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
Kaepernick is the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has chosen to kneel during the national anthem before the start of football games this season, as an act of protest against “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
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