Oct. 22, 2016: During an Oakland show in late October, West threatened to boycott the 2017 Grammy Awards if Frank Ocean was nominated, despite the fact that the singer's new album wasn't released before the Sept. 30 deadline to eligibility.
"I'm saying this to y'all, because a lot of people, you know, they try to make a scene, like, 'I'm so self-centered.' But the album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean's album," he told the crowd. "And I will tell you this right now: If his album's not nominated in no categories, I'm not showing up to the Grammys."
He continued, "As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bulls--t they been throwing us with. All we need is a fair shot, you know what I'm saying? Let the album lose, let whoever win or lose," he said. "My whole point—my purpose, my existence, everything that people try to diss me for—is based on an instant replay clock. Imagine in sports if they didn't have no instant replay clock and someone could step completely out of bounds."