Frank Ocean is the man of the moment lately.
Following the debut release of his first studio album channel ORANGE and openness about his sexuality, his performance was one of the more anticipated at the VMAs last evening.
The show was all high energy and smoke-and-mirrors for the most part, up until the Odd Future singer switched things down with his version of “Thinkin Bout You.”
It was his VMA debut: a sincere and sensitive rendition, Ocean turning in his arrangement on piano for an acoustic guitar.
The R&B crooner sat in a desolate campfire set up on stage, giving a clean and simply beautiful performance.
Even DJ A-Trak took notice of the rising star’s ability to captivate a crowd with nothing more than his vocals:
There you go frank. No need for a trapeze lift or lasers. Marshmallow fire. #VMA
— A-Trak (@atrak) September 7, 2012
Ocean wore what is becoming his now trademark fashion ensemble—a laid-back street wear style paired with that red-and-white Japanese-inspired bandana.
The audience was definitely thinkin’ bout Ocean, often heard cheering and singing their own praises throughout the 3:31 track.
He even “killed” one of his biggest supporters Lady Gaga who tweeted her praises:
watch frank ocean steal this whole show. I'm dead
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 7, 2012
Ocean was up for “Best New Artist” at the awards show last night for his song “Swim Good” off his mixtape nostalgia, ULTRA — losing out to boy band One Direction, because, well, some stuff just comes down to popularity contests…
However, Ocean will surely rise as he makes his way to New York next week for another very visible platform. He’ll be appearing on “Saturday Night Live” next week as the premiere’s musical guest.