Out hip hop artist Frank Ocean wins big at Grammys

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By Joey Gonzales

Frank Ocean stole the show at the 55th annual 2013 Grammy awards on Sunday. The “Thinkin’ Bout You” singer was nominated for 6 Grammys, including Album and Record of The Year.  The 25-year-old artist walked away with two Grammys.  

He won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church In The Wild” with Jay-Z, Kanye West and producer The Dream.

Last fall, Ocean came out as gay on his blog, admitting that his first love was a man: “4 summer ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost … Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping.”

He put the R&B community in a frenzy with his outting, getting major support from peers like Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Tyler The Creator.

Ocean also won the Urban Contemporary album award for Channel Orange, beating out Chris Brown and Miguel.

Last month, Ocean got into an altercation with Brown in a West Hollywood parking lot. During the altercation, Ocean reports that Brown or someone in Brown’s entourage screamed “faggot” during the dispute.

Ocean had the final laugh on Sunday. When he won the Urban Contemporary award, the entire Staples Center stood in applause, except for Brown, who remained seated.

Taking home two awards was not enough for Ocean, as he also performed during the program, singing from Channel Orange the track “Forrest Gump” in which he references his relationship with a man.

The crowd stood again for the artist as he sang and played the piano.

Ocean seemed very happy and pleased with how the night turned out. He tweeted Monday morning on personal account, “i had fun last night… my moms was proud. she’s tight. i’m grateful.”

 

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