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It’s been a wild ride, but Frank Ocean has indeed arrived. The Odd Future singer has a lot to celebrate this evening, having won the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album for his stellar debut channel ORANGE. This was Ocean’s first statue of the night, though he was nominated for six and has the opportunity to win four more.

Ironically, Ocean bested fellow singer and recent parking lot adversary Chris Brown, who’s 2012 project Fortune was nominated as well. Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream rounded out the nominations. Chris Brown’s post announcement struggle face is also noteworthy.

Frank Ocean’s had a storied journey to this point, beginning when he relocated to Los Angeles from his home town of New Orleans post-Katrina and landed a record deal with Def Jam under his original government Lonny Breaux years later, only to be shelved by the label. Ocean’s 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra gained him enough notoriety to reportedly request a whopping million dollars from Def Jam to record channel ORANGE.

Looks like that investment panned out. Shouts to Franky O.

Photo: Ryan McGinley