Kanye West vows to boycott the Grammys if Frank Ocean isn't nominated... after star missed the submission deadline
Kanye West has threatened to boycott the Grammy Awards.
The 39-year-old declared that he will not be attending the star-studded event if friend Frank Ocean doesn't receive any nominations.
He made the announcement while onstage on Saturday during the Oakland stop of his Saint Pablo Tour, noting: '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.'
Drawing the line: Kanye West (L) said onstage at the Oakland stop for his Saint Pablo Tour on Saturday that he will not go to the Grammys if friend Frank Ocean (R) isn't nominated
'The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean's album,' Kanye continued, adding: 'As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bulls**t they been throwing us with.'
He clarified, however, that he wouldn't care if Frank doesn't win any awards. He just wants him to be in the running.
'All we need is a fair shot. Let the album lose, let whoever win or lose,' he said. '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.'
Throwing support: The rapper stuck up for his friend - pictured here, sitting together at the Off-White show during Paris Fashion Week - saying 'As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bulls**t'
Of course, the issue with Kanye's argument is that Frank and his team reportedly intentionally failed to submit either album for the Grammys deadline.
Billboard reported of the missed deadline, noting that both of Frank's albums would have qualified otherwise, since they were released well before the 2017 Grammy eligibility cutoff date of September 30, 2016.
But Kanye insisted that Grammys organizers could bend the rules for Frank if they wanted to, citing the fact that Lady Gaga's The Fame was nominated for a string of awards in 2010, despite its release date making it eligible for prizes at the 2009 awards.
Missing out: Reportedly, Frank and his team intentionally did not submit either of his albums for the Grammys, despite being aware of the deadlines (pictured in May 2014)
'I don't know if any of y'all remember, I was supposed to go on tour with [Lady] Gaga,' he fumed.
'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.'
Kanye continued: 'So the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations to nominate her in order for her to perform in the show.'
Making a statement: Kanye famously almost rushed the stage when Beck won Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys over Beyoncé, but returned to his seat, later ranting about the situation during E! After Party
'Now, Frank Ocean on the other hand is very vocal that his album wasn't nominated for the Grammys. Since he's vocal, no one wants to say nothing about it.'
'No one wants to do nothing about it,' he noted, adding: 'I'm saying this to y'all, because a lot of people try to make a scene like, 'I'm so self-centered.''
The rant seemed reminiscent of Kanye's thoughts from the 2015 Grammys, when he stopped by E! After Party to condemn Beck winning over friend Beyoncé.
Infamous: And no one will ever forget the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when Kanye stole the microphone from Taylor Swift, who had just won in the Best Female Video category over Beyoncé
Kanye suggested that Beck needed to 'respect artistry,' and that, in doing so, he should have given his award to Beyoncé.
He also threatened: '...If the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more.'
Kanye also famously crashed the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, taking the microphone from Taylor Swift to protest her victory in the Best Female Video category for You Belong With Me, over Beyoncé's Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).
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