Grammys producer, Ken Ehrlich, and show writer, David Wild, spoke about the reasons they believed theBlonde singer was abstaining from the 2017 awards show.
In an interview withRolling Stone, both men talked about a sub par 2013 Frank Ocean performance and cited it as a possible reason that Ocean decided to stay out of returning to the show in 2017.
"We executed his vision, knowing that it was faulty," said Ehrlich of the 2013 Frank Ocean performance. "And we tried to tell him that, we tried to tell his management that, we tried to tell the record label that. So, his feelings about the Grammys right now, I would imagine, probably go back to that in one way. But honestly, it wasn't us."
For his side of the story, Ocean told theNew York Times that he was sitting out of the Grammys celebration as an act of protest.
"The infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated," said Ocean.
The 2017 Grammys are set to have tributes to such musical icons as George Michael and Prince, to whom many believed Frank Ocean would have been a terrific choice to pay respect with a performance. Despite Frank Ocean wanting to pay respect to a legendary influence on his music, he decided against it.
"I'd rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience," explained Ocean.