Frank Ocean

American singer, songwriter, and rapper

Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Edwin Breaux; October 28, 1987),[3][4] known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He was born in Long Beach, California and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when he was five. Ocean made an early career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of Odd Future. His first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released in 2011.

Frank Ocean
Portrait of Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean in 2021
Christopher Edwin Breaux[1]

(1987-10-28) October 28, 1987 (age 36)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • photographer
  • visual artist
Years active2005–present
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Formerly ofOdd Future

In 2012, BBC said that Ocean finished second place in its Sound of 2012 poll.[5] Ocean appeared at Coachella. He was scheduled for Lollapalooza at the end of his 2012 summer tour.[6] His first studio album, channel ORANGE, was a digital download only on iTunes for one week. Then it was a full release on July 17, 2012. It was nominated for six Grammy Awards.[7]

Ocean won the 2013 Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist.[8]

In August 2016, Ocean released his second studio album, Blonde.[9]

Personal life


Ocean was one of the first major hip-hop/R&B artists to say that he had a same-sex relationship.[10]





Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2012 BBC Sound of 2012[5] Second
2012 Grammies International Album of the Year[11] Nominated
  1. Frank Ocean became independent of any record label in August 2016. He released his album Blonde under Boys Don't Cry, the reissue of his video album Endless under Fresh Produce, LP,[2] and all singles featured on Blonded Radio under Blonded.


  1. Lewis, Randy (2013-01-03). "Frank Ocean cited for speeding, pot possession on New Year's Eve". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  2. "Endless by Frank Ocean on Apple Music". Apple. February 17, 2020. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  3. Solway, Diane (September 30, 2019). "Frank Ocean Makes Moves Like Nobody Else". W. Retrieved March 16, 2021.
  4. "Frank Ocean". May 19, 2020. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Sound of – 2012 – Frank Ocean". BBC. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  6. Frank Ocean’s Summer Tour Sold Out BET. July 11, 2012.
  7. "Frank Ocean up for Six Grammys, Including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist | News | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  8. "Brit Awards 2013: No wild things from a music scene in the wilderness". The Independent. 21 February 2013.
  9. Staff, Billboard; Staff, Billboard (2016-08-20). "Frank Ocean (Finally) Releases New Album 'Blonde'". Billboard. Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  10. Frank Ocean effect: What happens when a hip hop artist confesses same sex love? CNN. July 11, 2012.
  11. "Grammy Nominees 2012". January 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-16.