The Grammys are one of the biggest award shows of the year. So what happens when your favorite artists aren’t attending? Do you still watch? Last year, a handful of actors in the industry boycotted the Oscars because they felt the awards show didn’t represent black culture. Well, almost a year later, some of hip-hop’s biggest stars are on the same tip, but with the Grammys. Kanye West, Drake, Frank Ocean, and more plan to be no-shows. They have all vocally stated they won’t be on attendance.
Last year, Frank Ocean put out two projects, one in which was pretty damn good. Blonde was one of the best received albums last year. But the New Orleans singer never submitted it for Grammy consideration. A few months after the release of his album, Frank revealed that he would sit out this year’s Grammys.
“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance. 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,” he told Billboard before being very straight-forward in saying that the show doesn’t properly award black artists.
Drake has 8 nominations, including Album of the Year for his recent release, Views. But the Canadian rapper won’t be there to accept the award if he beats out Beyoncé, Adele, or Sturgill Simpson. Instead, he’ll be on tour in Europe.
As for the 21-time Grammy winning music genius, Kanye won’t be looking forward to win one of the 8 awards he’s nominated for. The Life of Pablo rapper has been very vocal about his views on the industry and then some, so it’s no wonder that he may have better things to do when the Grammys come around.
Back in October, during one of his many rants onstage during his Saint Pablo Tour, Ye said that he would straight up boycott the event if Franck Ocean isn’t nominated.
“The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album. I’ll tell you this right now: If his album is not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we’ve got to come together to fight the bullsh*t,” he said. Welp.