Grammy Awards 2013: Ocean Beats Brown… (For A Grammy)
Though Brown clapped for his foe, he remained seated as the audience flew to their feet to give Ocean a standing ovation. After striding straight past Brown, Ocean took to the mic to thank the National Academy of Recording Arts for his golden gramophone.
“I hear…the way you disarm an audience is by imagining them naked. But I don’t want to do that,” he began his short-but-sweet acceptance speech. “I want to look at you all as kids in tuxedos and being fancy and stuff like that.”
“I want to say thank you to my mother for being the best,” he continued, also tipping his hat to his managers, Odd Future records, and Island Def Jam.
“I didn’t think I would be the one speaking first on this one. But thank you,” he said. “I forgot my little brother, he’s here. Ryan, this one is for you, probably the coolest one.”
Ocean’s Grammy success comes just weeks after he came to blows with Brown in a Jan. 27 scuffle in the parking lot of a Los Angeles-area recording studio. Though the “Thinkin’ Bout You” crooner was “desirous of prosecution” against Brown — which could have posed a problem for Brown’s five-year probation stemming from his 2009 assault of recently-reconciled girlfriend Rihanna — Ocean decided that he would not press charges after all.
“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,” he wrote on his Tumblr. “No civil lawsuit. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom. Peace, albeit trite, is what I want in my short life. Peace.”
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