Country singer Sturgill Simpson has said that he would have preferred Frank Ocean to be nominated at the Grammys instead of him.
Frank Ocean’s long-awaited new album ‘Blonde’, released in August, was ineligible for nomination at the Grammys after the R&B musician failed to file the necessary paperwork for a record to be considered. He later described the institution as “dated”, arguing that it “doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down”.
Speaking to The New York Times, Simpson said: “I loved ‘Lemonade.’ I thought it was genius. I love the Adele record. I really, really wish, honestly, and no [expletive] — I would’ve liked to see Frank Ocean’s name where mine is. But that’s not my place to say. I totally understand [his protest]. I just thought that record [‘Blonde’] was really groundbreaking. I listen to just about everything except country music, so it’s strange.”
Describing the moment he found out he was nominated, Simpson said: “[My publicist] woke me up. My wife said, ‘Who the [expletive] is calling you at 7:30?’ She told me the news and we just kind of stayed in bed for a while. I was trying to wrap my head around what this even means and looking back on everything. It’s extremely humbling. I went downstairs and made pancakes and watched ‘Sesame Street’ with my son. That was pretty much it.”
“My mother-in-law passed last week,” he added, “so we kind of needed a ray of sunshine.”
Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson released ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’, his third studio album, in April. The record included a cover of Nirvana‘s ‘In Bloom’. Explaining the cover choice, Simpson said: “I wanted to make a very beautiful and pure homage to Kurt [Cobain]”.
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