Justin Timberlake Says Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Was The “REAL Album Of The Year,” New Music On The Way

Justin Timberlake dropped a couple of bombs.

Last month, JT took home a Grammy for "Can't Stop The Feeling" in the Best Song Written For Visual Media category, but the most memorable moment of the night was Beyonce's apparent snub for Album of the Year. Even Adele, who won the accolade, said Lemonade deserved it, but Timberlake disagrees entirely. If it were up to him, Frank Ocean's Blonde should have taken the W.

Ocean didn't bother submitting his album to the Recording Academy because he believes black artists will always lose out to white artists. Prior to the show, Ocean wrote them a message on Tumblr: "Winning a tv award doesn’t christen me successful. It took me some time to learn that," he said. "I bought all my masters back last year in the prime of my career, that’s successful. Blonde sold a million plus without a label, that’s successful. I am young, black, gifted and independent… I’m one of the best alive. And if you’re up for a discussion about the cultural bias and general nerve damage the show you produce suffers from then I’m all for it."


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Despite nominations, Drake and Kanye West reportedly didn't attend either because they also believe the Grammys does not represent black artists.

Then out of the blue, Timberlake spoke his mind. He complimented Calvin Harris' new song "Slide" with Ocean and Migos, then revealed his fervor for Frank, proclaiming Blonde deserved Album of the Year.




Well damn.

Meanwhile, the pop star is hard at work on his forthcoming studio album, which he says will tap into his Southern roots like never before. "It sounds more like where I've come from than any other music I've ever made," JT told THR last month of his new LP, adding that he was recently "caught up in a creative tornado" until three in the morning. "It's Memphis. It's Southern American music. But I want to make it sound modern — at least that's the idea right now."

He's mentioned time and time again The 20/20 Experience followup will arrive when it's ready, and according to a Tweet posted after the Frank Ocean tea, it could be soon.


JT has been more outspoken as of late. At the iHeartAwards last Sunday, he used his acceptance speech for Song of the Year to encourage inclusivity. "If you are black, or you are brown or you are gay, or you are lesbian or you are trans..." he said, "anyone that is treating you unkindly it's only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are. Because being different means you're making a difference."

He's given us a lot to chew on.

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