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Frank Ocean and fun. Lead 2013 Grammy Nominees

This post comes from Matt Aycock, HRC’s Youth & Campus Outreach Intern

Nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday, and leading the competition with six mentions is openly bisexual singer-songwriter Frank Ocean.  

The rising star of hip-hop and R&B swept the major categories with nods for Best New Artist, Album of the Year (Channel Orange), and Record of the Year (“Thinkin Bout You”).  Ocean came out in a July 4th post on Tumblr, making him one of the first African-American musicians to come out.  His debut album later entered at number one on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and has sold almost half a million copies worldwide.

Indie pop group and equality advocates fun. also received six nominations and will compete against Ocean in the Album of the Year (Some Nights) and Best New Artist categories.  Their #1 hit “We Are Young” with Janelle Monáe is also up for Song of the Year.  Guitarist Jack Abramoff of fun. joined HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign in May, and the band toured college campuses this fall to raise awareness for LGBT rights.


The success of artists like Frank Ocean and fun. sends an empowering message to LGBT youth that there are no heights to which they can’t aspire, and their activism goes to show that support for equality is the new mainstream.  Tune in to CBS on February 10th to see who takes home Grammy gold.

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