It was just one year ago that Kanye West said if “the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they gotta stop playing with us.” Well, it looks “the Grammys” haven’t stopped playing because West is officially threatening to boycott the 2017 awards show.
During Ye’s Saint Pablo Tour in Oakland, California, over the weekend, the rapper ranted about the double standard in the music industry — specifically, why the Grammys bent the rules for Lady Gaga but didn’t for Frank Ocean, whose two albums, Blonde and Endless, were ineligible for this year’s ballot.
“So, I don’t know if any of y’all remember: I was supposed to go on a tour with Gaga, like about six, seven years ago—a while back,” West told the crowd. “I remember, that it was something … She wasn’t nominated for Best New Artist, right? But they wanted her to perform at the show; they wanted her to open, right? So, the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations in order to nominate her—in order for her to perform in the show.”
Ye added, “I’m saying this to y’all, because a lot of people, you know, they try to make a scene, like, ‘I’m so self-centered.’ But the album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album. And I will tell you this right now: If his album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys.”
The 2017 Grammy Awards are set for February 12, 2017.
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