The New Orleans native has been spotlighted alongside Gossip, the Scissor Sister, Rufus Wainwright, and American Idol alum, Adam Lambert, in the Outstanding Music Artist category. “Images and stories from the LGBT community continued to push support for equality to historic levels,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick in a statement. “This year's nominees enlighten and entertain, but also reflect a new American landscape where a growing majority accept and value their LGBT family, colleagues and friends. Now more than ever,viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they accept them—just as they both accept and expect LGBT people to be a valuable part of their everyday lives.”
Ocean came out of the closet last summer, just ahead of the release of his Channel Orange debut, revealing that his first love was a man. He is rumored to be dating model, Willy Cartier.
Aside from his latest awards nod, he's also been nominated for six Grammys including Best New Artist, and Record of The Year.