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The Man Behind The Headband: Who Is Frank Ocean?

The American public at large met the R&B singer at this year's Grammy Awards. It might not have been the smoothest introduction.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Frank Ocean performing at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Frank Ocean performing at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/Getty)

Sunday night's Grammy Awards was an evening of unexpected downpours; moving tributes; one very large screen/dress; and a lot of terrible jokes about Twitter. It was, however, not a evening dominated by R&B singer Frank Ocean, who was nominated for six awards -- including Album and Record of the Year and Best New Artist. Instead, Ocean picked up two awards in smaller categories, and gave a shaky, stripped-down performance of his song "Forrest Gump."

Writer Jeff Himmelman recently interviewed the elusive singer for the New York Times Magazine, and joins us to talk about the decision-making process behind Ocean's Grammys song selection -- and to paint a clearer picture of the man behind the headband. 


Jeff Himmelman

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