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Kanye vows to boycott Grammys over Frank Ocean nominations

RANT: Kanye West

US RAPPER Kanye West has used his latest tour performance to issue a stern warning to the Grammy awarding body by threatening to boycott the show for not nominating fellow musician Frank Ocean for any accolades.

West took to stage for his Oakland performance to say: "The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean's album.

"And I'll tell you this right now: if his album's not nominated in no categories, I'm not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bulls**t they been throwing us with."

The Famous rapper insisted the he wouldn’t mind if Ocean didn’t win an award but at the very least, the Swim Good singer should be in the running.

"All we need is a fair shot. Let the album lose, let whoever win or lose,” said West.

“My whole point, my purpose, my existence, everything that people try to diss me for is based on just an instant replay plot. Imagine in sports they didn't have no instant replay plot, and someone could step completely out of bounds."

A rep for Ocean confirmed that neither Blonde or Endless were submitted for consideration for the upcoming ceremony with further reports clarifying that Ocean had, in fact, missed the deadline.

In response, West pointed out that the rules had been amended in the past to allow Lady Gaga to be considered in the 2010 award show off the desire for organisers to include her in the show.


He fumed: "I remember, it was something where she was nominated... She wasn't nominated for best new artist, right? But they wanted her to perform at the show, they wanted her to open.

"So the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations to nominate her in order for her to perform in the show.

"Now, Frank Ocean, on the other hand, is very vocal that his album wasn't nominated for the Grammys. Since he's vocal, no one wants to say nothing about it. No one wants to do nothing about it. I'm saying this to y'all, because a lot of people try to make a scene like, 'I'm so self-centred.'"

West’s comments come amidst the news of an ongoing conflict with long time collaborator and friend Jay Z, real name Sean Carter.

In trademark fashion, the father-of-two used his stage time to vent his frustrations towards Carter, highlighting that the music mogul did not personally visit him and wife Kim Kardashian following her armed robbery ordeal in Paris.

West said: “Don’t call me after the robbery and say, ‘How you feelin’?’ You wanna know how I’m feeling? Come by the house … Bring the kids by the house, like we’re brothers.”

The Life of Pablo creator also revealed that his daughter, North West, has never played with Carter and Beyoncé's daughter, Blue Ivy and blamed the politics of music service Tidal for preventing him from collaborating with Drake, an Apple Music artist.

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