Why Are Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ & ‘Endless’ Ineligible For The 2017 Grammys?
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2016 has been a bumper year for big-name albums. Beyoncé, Kanye West, Drake, Rihanna, Bon Iver and Ariana Grande are just some of the huge names to release records this year.
Arguably, Frank Ocean’s new album was the most hyped release of them all. But then he side-stepped everyone and released two new records: the visual album, Endless, and the album proper, Blonde. If you’d like to read some of our impressions, check out this piece here.
Both Blonde and Endless were marvels, and begged for repeat listens. Surely they’re set to be showered with Grammys? Well it turns out that neither of those albums are actually eligible for the 2017 Grammys.
Billboard reports that the 2017 Grammy eligibility cut-off date was September 30, 2016, but neither of Frank Ocean’s albums, despite being released in August, were even submitted for consideration.
The reason behind this is still unclear. Is Frank Ocean not interested in Grammys? (He has won two Grammy Awards to date, for ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ with Channel Orange and for ‘Best Rap/Sung Collaboration’ with ‘No Church in the Wild’.)
With so many great albums (looking at you, Lemonade), it would’ve been exciting to see them pitted against each other. Say what you will, but awards shows are interesting, and the artists care. For example, Chance the Rapper (AKA the happiest man in the world), recently said:
“If I get nominated, I’m going to throw a huge party in Chicago and I’ll fly in all my friends. We’ll celebrate the Grammy’s recognition of grass-roots independent artists and this new way of releasing music by nominating me. Wel’ll go f*cking crazy for, like, two days straight.”
For more on Frank Ocean, head over here.
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