Frank Ocean refused to submit his “Blonde” and “Endless” albums for Grammy recognition. Instead, he’s protesting the Grammys for being unrepresentative of artists like him in today’s music. Nominees Kanye West, Drake and Justin Bieber will allegedly follow suit and do not plan to attend. But critics point out these artist submitted their music and received nominations. Hence, while some think the Grammys are outdated, others see the prestige in winning. What do you think? 


Ocean argues black artists rarely win in the major categories, and many artists agree that’s very true for hip-hop. 

Plus, the Grammys aren’t representative of all popular artists. Critics argue the industry is out of touch on who should be nominated, let alone win.

Others still see the value winning Grammys. It’s the top music honor!

Ocean told the New York Times:

“I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated,” he said. “I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”

And some music fans agree.

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@TMZ I’m over the Grammies. Let’s make a new award ceremony.

— NM (@thenewminaj) January 30, 2017

Oregonian/OregonLive music critic David Greenwald wrote five reasons why the Grammys matter (as well as three reasons the Grammys don’t matter). And the prestigious honor is the overall reason why the Grammys matter.

1. People watch! 2. The musicians bring it. 3. The soap opera 4. History 5. Twitter

Others also see value in the Grammys.

Where can we protest Drake boycotting the Grammys? Don’t do this to us Drake! W/o u the Grammys will feel almost meaningless!!!

— Cornell Reid (@corneezy) January 31, 2017

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