Frank Ocean won the Grammy for urban contemporary album, a newly created category, at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday for his album Channel Orange. The LA Times called the album groundbreaking, lauding the fact that black music had long been missing a singer like Ocean who could offer a contrast to the homophobia often found in rap and r&b.
Channel Orange’s” lyrical content broke new ground in urban music when Ocean made headlines for his sexual orientation. Instead of a big cover story or PR-orchestrated announcement, the singer opened up about his sexuality by posting a letter that was originally meant to appear in the liner notes for the album in which he details the first time he fell in love with a man.
It was undoubtedly the glass ceiling moment for music. Especially black music, which had long been missing a voice like Ocean’s to break the layers of homophobia often found in contemporary hip-hop and R&B.
However, one man who wasn’t impressed with the win was Chris Brown. Instead of standing and applauding Ocean like everyone else at the Grammys did, Chris showed his admiration begrudgingly by clapping but staying seated. Oh, he’ll adhere to social etiquette but he sure as hell wants people to know he doesn’t like it.