Out artist Frank Ocean tied with several big names for the most Grammy nominations in the 55th annual list announced late Wednesday.
Ocean received 5 nominations in some of the biggest categories: Album of the Year for Channel Orange,
record of the year for “Thinkin Bout You” and Best New Artist. He was
also nominated for Urban Contemporary Album and Rap/Sun Collaboration
for “No Church in the Wild,” which he performs with Jay-Z, Kanye West
Ocean’s five nominations tie him for the most with
Kanye West, Jay-Z, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons
and fun. It’s a big moment after rappers like 50 Cent cautioned
that others in hip hop and R&B were closely watching whether Ocean
would succeed after disclosing in the lyrics to two of his new songs —
“Bad Religion” and “Forrest Gump” — that he had been in a relationship
with a man. Ocean followed up by making his coming out clear in a post on Tumblr.
You can see the full list of nominees at the Grammy Awards’ website.
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