The back-and-forth between the team behind the Grammys - namely show producer Ken Ehrlich and show-writer David Wild - and Frank Ocean escalated last night when Ocean took to Tumblr to deliver a full statement on why he's not involved in this year's Grammys.

Previously, Ehrlich stated to Rolling Stone that Ocean's refusal to attend or be a part of this year's Grammys was down to a botched performance by the artist in 2013, stating that the team behind the Grammys "executed his vision knowing that it was faulty."

However, Ocean fired back with a response on the subject. As Ocean tells it, "I actually wanted to participate in honoring Prince on the show but then I figured my best tribute to that man’s legacy would be to continue to be myself out here and to be successful."

“Winning a TV award doesn’t christen me successful. It took me some time to learn that. I bought all my masters back last year in the prime of my career, that’s successful. Blonde sold a million plus without a label, that’s successful. I am young, black, gifted and independent. That’s my tribute."

As well as this, Ocean also slammed Taylor Swift's victory over Kendrick Lamar for Album of the Year and stated that people would "rather watch select performances from your program on YouTube the day after because your show puts them to sleep.”

"If you’re up for a discussion about the cultural bias and general nerve damage the show you produce suffers from then I’m all for it."

The Grammy Awards kicks off tonight and we'll have a full round-up of the winners and events of the night tomorrow morning.


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