By Hayden Wright
The release of Frank Ocean’s Blonde this year marked the return of a critical darling, earning widespread acclaim from reviewers and the music industry. That’s why it’s either an unthinkable oversight or bold statement that Ocean’s label and management did not submit Blonde or its accompanying visual album Endless for Grammy consideration, according to Billboard. Either way, one of the year’s most buzzed-about albums will not compete for year-end trophies, despite being eligible for many.
A Recording Academy source confirmed the omission to Billboard, and this morning, Ocean’s reps had not responded to comment on the decision or mistake. The singer’s last release, Channel Orange in 2012, earned six Grammy nominations and won the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
The Grammy Awards will air on Feb. 12, 2017 on CBS. Nominations will be revealed on December 8.