They say you’re supposed to save the best for last; and they surely did at the 55th Grammy Award Show last night. After numerous artists graced the stage, Frank Ocean made a running entrance to one of his most controversial songs, “Forrest Gump,” off his Grammy-nominated debut album, “Channel Orange.”
If admitting that his first love was a guy wasn’t enough, Ocean made sure that his name was “running on your mind” as he entered the stage in a bright yellow suit and navy blue and red-striped headband. Projected behind him was a visual that created the effect of Ocean running on an open road as he sang about the guy who first stole his heart.
Missing the memo that you aren’t suppose to compare the audience to “kids in tuxedos and being fancy and all that” at your first Grammy appearance, Ocean still swept over the Grammys with six nominations. This landed him among artists such as Kanye West, Mumford & Sons, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Jay-Z and fun. as the top six nominees of the night.
Ocean was nominated for six categories including major ones such as Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
He walked away with Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild” with Jay-Z, Dream and Kanye West, who was unable to attend the awards. Ocean also defeated his current rival, Chris Brown, as he took home the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
As Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get.” And we just happened to get a first-time nominee who walked home with two Grammy Awards after running on stage in a bright yellow suit and headband while singing terribly about the guy that he first loved.
Taylor Washington covers music for 101 Magazine.