Grammy Awards 2013: Ocean Beats Brown… (For A Grammy)

Ocean-Brown Case Closed
The investigation into the brawl will close without charges.
Frank Ocean beat Chris Brown — but not in a brawl.

In the wake of the case closing on their January parking-lot clash, Ocean triumphed over Brown as his debut album, channel ORANGE, was crowned Best Urban Contemporary Album over Brown’s Fortune.

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.

On the heels of his first-ever win, Ocean snagged another honor alongside Jay-Z, Kanye West and The-Dream, as their “No Church in the Wild” won for Best Rap/Song Collaboration.

“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.”

“Thanks this [Jay-Z] for being on the record with me,” he continued, after giving Hova a handshake.

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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