Timberlake took to Twitter recently to talk about how much he loved Calvin Harris’ new track with Frank Ocean and Migos. Then he went on to say that Frank Ocean should have won Album of the Year instead of Adele.
Ocean wasn’t even nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy this year. He chose not to submit his album as a form of protest. Ocean believes that the Grammys aren’t diverse enough and use a dated system.
“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” he told The New York Times. “It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.”
“I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and nomination system and screening system is dated,” he added. “I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
Indeed, the Grammys were slammed for their lack of diversity when Adele won Album of the Year. Many Beyoncé fans called it racist when Lemonade, an album about black women and Black Lives Matter, didn't get the award. And they noted that the Grammys have a history of giving white artists the major awards. The last black woman to win Album of the Year was Lauryn Hill in 1999.
Even Adele thought Beyoncé should have won. “I can’t possibly accept this award. I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious, by my artist of my life is Beyoncé,” she said on stage. “ … And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have, and I always will.”
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