Both of Frank Ocean’s 2016 albums, Blonde and Endless, may be two of the year’s most memorable, but they won’t be receiving any accolades at the Grammys. As Billboard reports, and reps for the Grammys confirm, Ocean’s two long-awaited LPs weren’t submitted for consideration for the upcoming awards ceremony.
The deadline to submit for eligibility was September 30th. Blonde (August 20th) and Endless (August 12th) were released well before then, so it’s unclear whether Ocean’s camp missed the cut-off date due to an error, or if they purposefully intended to skip out on the Grammys. (As the long wait between records proved, the R&B crooner does what he wants, when he wants, and sometimes without explanation.) His previous full-length, 2012’s widely-acclaimed channel ORANGE, earned a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Update — Tuesday, October 18th at 1:00 p.m. CT: According to a source who spoke to Billboard, Ocean and his team intentionally did not submit the two albums for Grammy consideration. The unusual decision shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, though, given the reasons mentioned above.
This isn’t the first time a high-profile artist/release has missed an opportunity for a trophy on the grounds of ineligibility. Previously, Drake’s people failed to submit smash single “Hotline Bling” for the 2016 Grammys.
The Ocean-less 59th annual Grammy Awards will take place on February 12th.