Chris Brown (in white) stayed seated during the
standing ovation for Frank Ocean (in blue)
Up-and-coming bisexual R&B artist Frank Ocean had the last laugh when he trounced a bitter Chris Brown, who is accused of assaulting him, at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
The stars were both up for the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but it was newcomer Ocean who took the honour for his acclaimed debut CD Channel Orange.
As Ocean (25) stood up and walked to the stage to collect his award he received a standing ovation from the entire star-studded audience; the notable exception being Brown (23) who stayed firmly seated.
The two men were involved in a brawl over a parking space outside a recording studio in West Hollywood on January 27. According to police “the altercation allegedly led to Chris Brown punching” Ocean.
There were also allegations that Brown, or someone in his entourage, had used a homophobic slur again Ocean during the incident.
Ocean decided not to press charges, saying: “No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom. Peace, albeit trite, is what I want in my short life. Peace.”
In his acceptance speech at the Grammys, Ocean quipped: “So I hear the way you disarm an audience is by imagining them naked, but I don’t want to do that. I want to look at you all as kids in tuxedos and being fancy, and stuff like that.
“I want to say thank you to my mother for being the best and to my managers Kelly and Chris for being the best. To everybody at Odd Future records and everybody at Island Def Jam and all of you guys, thank you,” he said.
Ocean took home another Grammy, along with Jay-Z, The-Dream and Kanye West, in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for No Church In The Wild.
In July last year, Ocean caused a stir in the traditionally macho hip-hop and R&B world by revealing that his first love was a man.