Frank Ocean 'Blonde,' 'Endless' Reportedly Not Submitted In Time For Grammy Consideration
Just when you thought the Grammys this year would see a heavyweight battle between Adele, Frank Ocean and Beyoncé, well apparently some people had different plans. According to new reports, Frank Ocean's team did not submit Blonde or Endless in time to be considered for the 2017 Grammys.
According to Billboard source, confirmed by someone at the Grammys, no one from Ocean's management, label or other reps submitted his album by the Sept. 30, 2016 cutoff even though it was released well before that time.
The album with the most potential would have been Blonde, since his visual album Endless is an Apple Music exclusive and the lack of dynamic movement and storyline, compared to say Beyoncé's Lemonade, would have made it a tough sell for voters.
It is unclear if Ocean's team purposefully didn't submit his new works to the Grammys on time or if it was just an oversight by his team. Endless was released on Aug. 19 and Blonde followed the next day on Aug. 20, so they had over one month to get it submitted to the awards. Ocean isn't touring at the moment so there isn't too much else on his plate that we know of right now.
An update to Grammys rules in June made it possible for streaming only albums to become eligible for the awards, though the visual album designation would have made that difficult.
These were Ocean's first albums in four years, following his 2012 effort Channel Orange. His breakout album was nominated for five 2013 Grammy Awards and won two of them - Best Urban Contemporary Album and for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the track "No Church in the Wild."
The Grammys will air on Feb. 12, 2017 on CBS.