Frank Ocean Lights Up 2012 MTV VMAs With Heartfelt ‘Thinkin Bout You’ Performance
As Ocean was announced, the stage lit up with flames in a fiery stage setup normally reserved for heavy metal bands. But this time, the arena went quiet as a lone guitarist sat at the side of the stage, providing a gentle melody that stripped down the already-sparse ballad even further.
Ocean sat among fake shrubs and rocks while he sang the breakup song, one of the many on 'Channel Orange' that he acknowledged was written about a same-sex love. Ocean's soaring falsetto dominated the track when he sang, "I remember, how could I forget how you feel / You know you were my first time, a new feel / It won't ever get old, not in my soul, not in my spirit, keep it alive / We'll go down this road 'til it turns from color to black and white / Or do you not think so far ahead? / 'Cause I've been thinkin' 'bout forever."
Ocean's heartfelt vocal performance reminded the audience why he is considered one of the biggest talents in popular music right now. The singer is a contender for three awards tonight.