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Grammys Producers Fire Back at Frank Ocean for Boycotting Awards

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“We’re not putting on a radio show or a mixtape.”

The people who put on the Grammys have their own theories about why acclaimed musician Frank Ocean is sitting out the awards--and it's as shady as shade gets.

Longtime Grammys showrunners Ken Ehrlich and David Wild talked with Rolling Stone about Ocean's decision to not submit his critically acclaimed album Blonde for consideration at this year's awards. Ocean said last fall that the awards don't represent young hip hop artists well and that the awards were "dated."

In their response, Ehrlich and Wild talked about Ocean's 2013 Grammys performance, saying the singer then was "rigid" and did not have a "TV moment."

"We're not putting on a radio show or a mixtape," Wild remembered Ehrlich saying at the time. "You have to make it a TV moment. And he (Ehrlich) knew from the start that that was not one of those moments."

The pair also discussed disconnects with Kayne, Drake, and Justin Bieber over participation in the show.

Listen to the full interview at Rolling Stone here.

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