Why Frank Ocean Isn’t Eligible to Win a 2017 Grammy Award
A source tells Billboard Frank and his team intentionally didn't submit neither Endless nor Blonde to the Grammys for consideration.
Streaming-only albums are now eligible for Grammy Awards, but Frank Ocean will not be the beneficiary of this change. The singer cannot win a Grammy in 2017 after he failed to submit his Blonde or Endless albums for consideration.
A source told Billboard that neither album was submitted by Ocean's label, management or any other representative. A rep for the Grammy's also confirmed that Ocean's albums had not been submitted for consideration.
Blonde and Endless were both eligible for nominations because they were released before the Grammy's cutoff date of Sept. 30, 2016. Ocean's albums were also fair game under the Grammy's new rules, which allow for streaming exclusives like Endless to be nominated just like traditional releases.
According to the Academy, eligibility is granted for all music “released via general distribution, defined as the nationwide release of a recording via brick and mortar, third-party online retailers, and/or applicable digital streaming services. Applicable streaming services are paid subscription, full catalog, on-demand streaming/limited download platforms that have existed as such within the United States for at least one full year as of the submission deadline.”
Reps for Ocean have not commented on the failure to submit his albums to the Academy. The singer's departure from Def Jam could have led to some confusion. Endless was Ocean's final release through Def Jam. Ocean put out Blonde on his Boys Don't Cry imprint, along with the help of Apple Music.
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