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09/06/2012 09:07 pm ET | Updated Sep 07, 2012

Frank Ocean VMAs Performance: Singer Croons His Way Through 'Thinking About You' (VIDEO)

Frank Ocean was among the long list of performers at MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast on Thursday night. He shared the stage with the likes of Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Pink and One Direction, but it's safe to say his VMAs performance stood out among that company.

Ocean sang a stripped-down version of "Thinking About You," a song off channel ORANGE. Ocean was seated by a fake campfire, wearing his trademark bandana. The young Odd Future crooner's vocals sound studio-perfect. Watch the video above.

Lady Gaga was a fan:

The crowd seemed receptive, especially given that a song like "Thinking About You" isn't exactly a Chris Brown banger. The low-key performance was emotional, with strong art direction.

HuffPost Blogger and DJ A-Trak was another big fan:

Ocean made waves in hip-hop by coming out in advance of his album release. He wrote a tumblr post in which he described a "malignant" love for another man. The album was extremely well received.

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