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Frank Ocean Grammys Performance: Singer Takes Best Urban Contemporary Album At 2013 Awards

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Frank Ocean's Grammys? The singer was up for many awards at Sunday's show. | Getty Images

R&B singer Frank Ocean was among the favorites in the weeks leading up to this year's 55th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast, riding the wave of critical appreciation that has buoyed the 25-year-old since he released "channel ORANGE" in July.

Early in the show, Ocean won Grammys for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (for "No Church in the Wild," with Jay-Z and Kanye West). He was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best New Artist, tying with fun., Jay-Z, West, Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys for the most nods of the year.

Ocean performed "Forrest Gump" during Sunday night's broadcast, appearing in front of an impressive video installation that recalled Kraftwerk's run at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

The singer's debut studio album was among the year's most-lauded projects, characterized by extremely personal musings on unrequited love ("Bad Religion") and vignettes of budding romance ("Thinkin' Bout You"), with a dash of sociological reflections on police brutality for good measure ("Crack Rock").

Ocean, a member of Los Angeles-based rap collective Odd Future, revealed that his first love was a man in a blog posted shortly before the release of his album. The admission sent waves throughout the R&B and hip-hop communities, which have long struggled with homophobia. In recent weeks, Ocean has both fought with and publicly forgiven singer Chris Brown. The two were in a scuffle outside a recording studio, during which Ocean says someone called him "faggot."

Prior to releasing "channel ORANGE," Ocean overcame an apathetic label (Def Jam) by recording and releasing "nostalgia, ULTRA," a stunning mixtape of covers and original productions. He's also an accomplished songwriter, having placed records with artists such as Beyonce, Justin Bieber and John Legend.

Ocean also performed during this year's Grammy broadcast, a gig he warmed up for by singing a few songs at a Friday event for Levi's denim.

The Grammys claim the 2012 award telecast brought in 39.9 million viewers -- the largest TV audience for the event since 1984. The Twitterverse was riled up to 160,341 tweets per minute during the broadcast.

Last year's Grammy winners included Kanye West and Adele, who took home a combined ten awards.

For more on the Grammys, click here. Find more Grammy award 2013 winners in the liveblog below.

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The 55th annual Grammy Awards have come to a close. Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys was a big winner, but Frank Ocean, fun., Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West & Jay-Z were all honored with Grammys.

From all of us here at HuffPost Entertainment, we hope you enjoyed the show. See you again on Feb. 24 for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Here's Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift again, just because:

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Your complete list of Grammy winners, from fun. to The Black Keys to Mumford & Sons.

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@ johannacox : Not enough Beyonce and nowhere near enough Solange. #grammys

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@ TVWithoutPity : Wow, the closing #Grammys jam was bumrushed by sponsor shout-outs. Thought it was MCA forever, not commerce forever.

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LL Cool J gets cut off saying good night on the Grammys. Hashtag that, LL.

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This amalgam of rockers and hip-hop stars perform "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" to honor the late MCA. CBS, however, cuts them off with an rundown of the night's sponsors. Classy.

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Closing the Grammys in style.

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LL Cool J now making Grammys threats.

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Apparently, it does. Too bad, because they're good?

More on Mumford & Sons' big Grammys night can be found here.

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After The Black Keys won multiple awards and Frank Ocean performed to raves, was the Mumford & Sons win in the Album of the Year Grammys category an upset? More on the band's win here.

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@ vulture : Oh god it's Carey Mulligan looking so happy #grammys

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Mumford & Sons' "Babel" topped favorites like Frank Ocean, fun., The Black Keys and Jack White.

"We figured we wouldn't win anything because The Black Keys had been sweeping up all day," lead singer Marcus Mumford joked.

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She's British.

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@ m1keh0gan : This is definitely lifted from Kraftwerk's MoMA concert last year.

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@ ml_boardman : Can Frank Ocean start a line of headbands?

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@ ditzkoff : If they don't get Tom Hanks into this performance of "Forrest Gump," it's never happening.

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Run, Forrest, run.

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But not before covering Elton John #grammys

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Jason Sudeikis voices Applebee's commercials now.

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They're probably talking about "Girls."

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Elton John dedicates the Levon Helm tribute to the children and school teachers who lost their lives during the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

John, Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples and T Bone Burnett performed "The Weight" by The Band to honor Helm, who was the band's drummer.

More on the Levon Helm tribute here.

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The Beastie Boys' MCA gets a big ovation from the Grammys crowd when his name is shown during the In Memoriam segment.

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R.I.P. Andy Williams, Davy Jones, Andy Griffith, Donna Summer, Marvin Hamlisch, Dick Clark and more.

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That's the point of this segment with Ryan Seacrest and Justin Timberlake. It's a good message on a night of excess.

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Here's a picture of Prince at the Grammys:


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What's Record of the Year? Here you go:

The category celebrates the achievement of the artist as well as the producers, mixers and engineers who worked on the track, unlike Song of the Year, which awards only writers.

Gotye won Record of the Year; he accepted the award from Prince, obviously.

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Kelly Clarkson, continuing to win Grammys night:

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