Frank Ocean missed his chance of being a nominee at the grammy’s coming up this December, when both of his recent albums “Blonde” or “Endless” missed the deadline submission date.
A rep from the Grammys confirms to Billboard that neither albums were submitted for consideration by Ocean’s labels or management. Both albums were indeed released before the 2017 Grammy cutoff date (Sept. 30, 2016.) The albums were Ocean’s first full-length releases in more than four years.
According to Billboard,
“Blonde (also known as Blond) — which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending August 25 with 276,000 equivalent-album units, the third-largest total of the year — was released on Ocean’s own Boys Don’t Cry imprint, although many traditional label functions for the still digital-only release were handled by Apple Music. Whether the album was intentionally not submitted for the Grammys or an oversight took place — which may have been the case last year with Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which also was not submitted — was unclear at press time.”
“Ocean’s “visual album” Endless, his last release through Def Jam, was not submitted either, but its eligibility is uncertain: It is only available as a long-form streaming video through Apple Music (which renders it ineligible for Billboard’s charts). After an update of Grammy rules in June, streaming-only releases are now eligible for awards, although Endless’ unusual status as a “visual album” may complicate that; the Recording Academy had not clarified that question at press time. “
In the 2013 Grammy awards, Frank’s previous album Channel Orange, was nominated five times, with him going home with two. One being “Best Urban Contemporary Album, and the second one for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his hit single “No Church in the Wild.”
His hit single “Thinkin Bout You” was also nominated for Album of the Year and Best New Artist, and Record of the Year.
2017 Grammy Awards are Scheduled to air on CBS on February 12. We look forward to the nominees.