What a night. Some things went as expected and some didn’t. With all but one of the six awards Frank Ocean was nominated for at the 55th Annual Grammy’s saved for the award show we knew we were in for an interesting night. Lets take a look back at it all right now.
Grammy Pre-Telecast Show
Things got started early when the award for “Best Show Form Music Video” was given to Rihanna for “We Found Love”, a category which Frank Ocean was nominated alongside Kanye West & Jay-z for “No Church in the Wild”. This wasn’t a category Frank was favored in and frankly (no pun intended) one that could have went to any of the nominees.
As Frank made his way down the red carpet he took some time for a quick interview with the Grammy hosts. When asked how it felt finding out he was nominated for 6 Grammy’s he responded by saying. “I was in the studio with Pharrell in New York….my mom called me screaming and I went right back to work. I’m weird like that”. Let’s all hope this leads to his sophomore album sooner than later!
Frank Ocean Arrives at The Grammy Awards
Make sure to check out some photos of Frank Ocean making his way down the red carpet and arriving at the Grammy awards if you’ve yet to do so.
Frank and his Mother
She’ll have a million more reasons to be proud after tonight!
Best Urban Contemporary Album
The next award announcement lead to Frank Ocean’s first Grammy award win and it was a well deserved one. Frank beat out Miguel and Chris Brown for the “Best Urban Contemporary Album” with his debut album Channel ORANGE. Check out some photos of Frank Ocean accepting his first Grammy award. Looking back at it now, this was the Grammy voters way of recognizing Frank Ocean without giving him the coveted “Album of the Year” award. A loss here would have assured a loss for Album of the Year but it kept our hope alive.
FRANKIEEEEEEE JUST WON BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM GRAMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY FUCCCKKKKKK!
— KELLY(@kellyclancy) February 11, 2013
Chris Brown Doesn't Stand
The internet was a buzz as Frank Ocean stepped up to accept his award and only one person was left sitting during the standing ovation: Chris Brown. It’s no secret what’s went down between the two in the last few weeks so this was a fitting victory for Frank.
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Frank Ocean’s second (and ultimately final) Grammy award came for his work on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild” where he contributed a flawless hook. Frank was the first to accept the award along side Jay-Z and The-Dream as they were all spotted backstage celebrating.
Frank Ocean & Jay-Z
An honest moment from the two backstage celebrating.
Best New Artist
This is where things got interesting as this was easily the biggest surprise of the night. Frank Ocean was heavily expected to win this award according to various news outlets like Billboard. The winner of “Best New Artist” was Fun. in a shocking upset, that they didn’t even expect to win as they started their speech by thanking Frank Ocean.
I can’t believe Frank Ocean lost Best New Artist, it was supposed to be the shoe in of all 6.
— Dejan Pralica (@dp16) February 11, 2013
Record of the Year & Album of the Year
Frank was never expected to take home either of these awards but the recognition was definitely a valid and welcome one. The Record of The Year category was an interesting one as all the other nominees songs were much bigger “hits” so to see Thinkin Bout You nominated was interesting. Gotye ultimately took home the award for his single “Somebody That I Used to Know”.
Mumford and Sons, the odds on favorite, took home the “Album of The Year” honors. With Frank having already won for Contemporary album I was holding out hope he would swoop in for a surprise victory just like Fun. did for the “Best New Artist” category.
Forrest Gump Performance
Aside from winning two Grammy awards tonight and now being known as “Grammy award winner Frank Ocean” this was Frank’s biggest moment of the night as he took the stage to perform. Keeping with his usually standard, Frank Ocean opted to perform a song he’s never done live on TV: Forrest Gump. We knew he was shooting the music video to it after photos surfaced from the set two weeks ago but we weren’t expecting to see it so soon. The video played behind Frank Ocean, at first seeming perfectly put together for this performance.
Frank stood still performing while his legs ran and ran and the video played in the background. It was really something to see. Performing a slowed down and wonderfully simplified take of one of my favorite tracks from channel ORANGE, it was a moment everyone in Frank’s camp is sure to remember. The journey Frank Ocean has taken over the last year to get to this point is a special one and it was great to see him recognized at the Grammys.
Frank Ocean's Reaction
What did he have to say about it all on twitter?
— frank ocean (@frank_ocean) February 11, 2013