Frank Ocean beats Chris Brown at the Grammys

Openly gay R&B artist takes home the Urban Contemporary Award, beating his brawling partner Brown and Miguel

Frank Ocean beats Chris Brown at the Grammys
11 February 2013

Openly out star Frank Ocean beat his fellow R&B rivals to win the Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammys.

Last night (11 February), the ‘Channel Orange’ hit-maker won the award as the entire room giving him a standing ovation.

There was one notable exception though, and that was Chris Brown.

In his acceptance speech, Ocean said: ‘So I hear the way you disarm an audience is by imagining them naked, but I don’t want to do that. I want to look at you all as kids in tuxedos and being fancy, and stuff like that.

‘I want to say thank you to to my mother for being the best, to my managers Kelly and Chris for being the best, to everybody at Our Future Records, and to all you all. Thank you.’

Ocean also won the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration award for ‘No Church in the Wild’ with Jay-Z and Kanye West.

The 25-year-old musician was also nominated for Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist, but lost to Somebody I Used To Know by Gotye ft Kimbra, Mumford & Sons, and fun. respectively.

Other highlights by LGBT artists at the Grammys include lesbian folk singer Janis Ian, who won Best Spoken Word Album for Society’s Child, and Elton John, who performed ‘The A Team’ with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

Check out their performance, as well as Frank Ocean’s win, below:



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