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Frank Ocean at the Grammys: What happened?

Last year’s Grammys really spoiled us. Though the death of Whitney Houston cast a certain somber pall over the entirety of the evening, there was a clear narrative that emerged from the show’s proceedings: Adele has arrived as a superstar who will be around for a long time and whose work is as close to bulletproof—both critically and commercially—as it can get. It was an easy story to digest, and all Adele had to do was show up and act gracious (the fact that she was singing in America for the first time since throat surgery helped the narrative, too).

Last night’s show offered no such clarity. The winners were scattershot (the Black Keys took home the most awards of the night, though they didn’t win any of the Big Three—Record, Song, or Album of the Year), and just about everybody walked out of the Staples Center roughly as big as they were when they walked in. There were no clear moments of ascendence, though Justin Timberlake, the Lumineers, and fun. are all getting iTunes sales bumps today.

In fact, this year’s Grammy Awards were perhaps most notable for something that didn’t happen: The elevation of Frank Ocean from modestly successful critical darling to full-blown superstar.

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Clive Davis gala remembers Whitney Houston

Jennifer Hudson and Clive Davis. Image Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

A year after Whitney Houston’s death, music executive Clive Davis remembered her in words — and video.

Houston died last year just hours before the annual Clive Davis Gala was to start. On Saturday, Davis said his world continues “to be so shattered by her passing” and that Houston’s death still feels “unreal.”

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Chris Brown crashes car, says paparazzi to blame

Photo: Chris Brown; Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

It’s been another bad week for Chris Brown.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the singer, who’s expected at the Grammys tonight, was driving his Porsche to a charity event in Los Angeles when he said the paparazzi cut him off. “The occupants jumped out, with cameras, and aggressively approached his vehicle,” Brown’s representative said in a statement. “In an effort to remove himself from the situation, he began to back down an alley, at which point he was cut off by two additional vehicles. Chris’ vehicle was totaled due to this aggressive pursuit by the paparazzi. He is okay.”

A spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department also released a statement about the accident, confirming that Brown was involved in “a solo, non-injury traffic collision” in which he “collided with a wall.” “Brown stated that he was being chased by paparazzi causing him to lose control of his vehicle,” the statement said. “Brown’s Black Porsche was towed from the scene at his request.”

It was on this same day, four years ago, that Brown attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna, who has now rekindled her relationship with him. He later pled guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service. He was back in court last week after prosecutors raised questions about his community service and ongoing anger management issues.

Rihanna will join Brown at the Grammys; she’s listed as one of the performers. Also on the bill is Frank Ocean, who was involved in an alleged altercation with Brown in January.

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Grammy nominee Frank Ocean performs at Levi event

Frank Ocean is nominated for six awards and will perform at Sunday’s Grammys, and he warmed up at an event for a few hundred people Friday night.

The R&B singer-songwriter performed a 30-minute set at the Ace Museum in Los Angeles. He was calm onstage, singing songs like “Pyramid,” ”Crack Rock,” ”Sierra Leone,” and “Thinkin Bout You,” which is nominated for record of the year at the Grammys. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon talks about his show's biggest moments by this year's Grammy nominees

A look at the nominations for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards points to an interesting trend: Apparently, the road to Grammy-nominated glory runs through the Rockefeller Center studio that houses Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Many of this weekend’s potential winners have had their biggest moments on the show, from Frank Ocean’s TV debut to the “music room” remix of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

What’s more, there could be Grammy gold coming to the show itself: Fallon’s Blow Your Pants Off (which consists largely of musical bits from the show) is nominated for Best Comedy Album, and house band the Roots’ Undun is up for Best Rap Album. EW caught up with Fallon a few weeks back to go over some of his show’s biggest highlights from this year’s crop of Grammy nominees.

Frank Ocean
“We booked the Odd Future guys a while back, before they got signed. So we stayed in touch with them, and Frank Ocean is from that crew, and we heard he had a record coming out, so we booked him to perform—he was making his TV debut on our show. Two days before is when he tweeted out that letter about his sexuality. That’s so crazy to do in the world of R&B and hip-hop, it’s just a thing that’s not really done. No one does that. So it made all these headlines, and the tag to all the headlines was, ‘And he’s performing on Jimmy Fallon.’ READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean's rising tide: How the genre-bending hip-hop artist swam to the top of the Grammys

When the Grammy nominations were announced on Dec. 5, it read like a roll call of 2012 radio all-stars: fun., Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson, Jay-Z. There was one outlier, though: Frank Ocean.

An artist without a single Hot 100 hit or a sold-out stadium tour or a basketball arena to call his own, Ocean is up for six awards, including Album of the Year for his transcendent debut, Channel Orange. It topped dozens of year-end critics’ lists (including this magazine’s) and was only recently certified gold, let alone platinum. So how did this 25-year-old soul man end up at the center of music’s biggest night?

Part of it has to do with the shifting nature of the Grammys themselves. READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean says he won't press charges against Chris Brown

Frank Ocean wrote on his tumblr that he has decided not to press charges against Chris Brown, after the two were involved in an alleged altercation in a Los Angeles parking lot.

“As a child, I thought if someone jumped me, it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man. But as a man I am not a killer. I’m an artist and a modern person. I’ll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom. Peace, albeit trite, is what I want in my short life. Peace,” he blogged.

Brown allegedly threw the first punch, which led to a brawl, when both stars’ entourages reportedly clashed over a parking spot.

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Frank Ocean added to list of Grammy performers

The Grammys just added one red-and-white headband to its stage: It’s been confirmed today that Frank Ocean will be joining the lineup of performers at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which will go down on Sunday, Feb. 10.

That is, if he’s able to make it out of the Grammy parking lot with his fingers unharmed — Ocean has yet to make a public appearance since his altercation with fellow nominee Chris Brown last week. After that fight, Ocean, who at that point had not been confirmed to play the awards show, tweeted, “cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.”

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Police say Frank Ocean 'desirous of prosecution' against Chris Brown: UPDATE

It’s shaping up to be another unsavory Grammys season for Chris Brown.

In the Breezy-Ocean debacle, Brown allegedly threw the first punch while in the parking lot outside of a studio where the two camps were reportedly arguing over a parking space. This led to an all-out brawl, which left Ocean with at least a cut on his finger that he said will affect his ability to perform at the upcoming Grammys ceremony.

Brown’s camp fled by the time cops arrived, but Ocean remained. And according to the New York Daily News, Ocean’s looking to press charges against Brown. “He’s desirous of prosecution,” a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman told the paper.
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Chris Brown/Frank Ocean incident unlikely to affect Grammys

Four years ago, Chris Brown went from famous to infamous in the pre-Grammy incident heard ’round the world.

Today it felt a little like deja vu all over again. Some time last night or early this morning, Brown was involved in yet another physical altercation with yet another centerpiece of the Grammy Awards (which are just under two weeks away).

Based on various reports, the incident between Brown and Frank Ocean was not nearly as disastrous as the one with Rihanna, but it still left Ocean with a cut finger and Brown with another mark on his image. So will another violent altercation effect his presence at music’s biggest night?  READ FULL STORY

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