Frank Ocean has been critical about the Grammy Awards this year, deciding to sit out the award show saying it is "dated" and out of touch with young black artists. Well, his comments haven't gone unnoticed.
Speaking with the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, the Grammy Awards broadcast's producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild responded to the singer's claims, as well as similar criticisms from Drake, Kanye West and Justin Bieber.
"If they're concerned about the representation of hip-hop on the show, they need to respond and say 'Yeah, of course I want to do it,'" Ehrlich said, explaining he had invited Drake, West and Bieber to perform on this year's show. "They've all done it in the past. Without overstating it, I think we were very instrumental in the growth of Kanye West's career. He did epic performances on our show going back to 'Jesus Walks.' We know that he's had his problems this past year, but we pursued him. We would love to have had him here. Same with Drake. But early on, before nominations came out or anything, Drake had already locked in his schedule to be in Europe. So, there's nothing I can do about that. Justin Bieber, we're still talking to him -- he may or he may not be there."