Frank Ocean Performs ‘Thinkin Bout You’ at MTV VMAs

Frank Ocean

All eyes were on Frank Ocean, who made his first awards show performance at Thursday’s MTV VMAs. The Best New Artist nominee performed a stripped-down version of his single “Thinkin Bout You” amidst a fiery and woodsy set.

His performance earned praise from Lady Gaga. “watch frank ocean steal this whole show. I’m dead,” she tweeted, while Kreayshawn was brought to tears. “Just cried via @frank_ocean performance!” she wrote.

His Odd Future bandmate Tyler, the Creator provided some constructive criticism. “OFF TOP YOU DIDNT NEED ALL THAT EARTH WIND N FIRE AVATAR SHIT YOU HAD BEHIND YOU NIGGA, GOOD SHIT AYYYE!”

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42 Comments

  1. MCLover

    AMAZING!! KEEPING RnB ALIVE!!!Unlike so many other artist that performed tonight!

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    white hos love BBC Reply:

    @MCLover, “frank ocean ass ngga” lol. put ocean at the end of a nggas name and theyll wanna fight hahaha.

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  2. MmmHmm

    WHO CAN NAME HIS 1ST ALBUM….? I THOUGHT SO! HERE YOU —> _/

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    Kalin Reply:

    @MmmHmm, The Lonny Breaux Collection, nostalgia, ULTRA, channel ORANGE. Sit in your own wobbly ass seat!

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    BrunoBruno Reply:

    @MmmHmm, he said himself that his first album is nostalgia, ultra and his second is channel orange are you stupid? whos not gonna know that

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @MmmHmm, If you weren’t busy sitting on my d*ck you can sit your own ass in that chair.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @MmmHmm, U most not realize that the Frank Ocean fans are real . Of course he has hop on’s but shyyyt , I can name all 60+ songs from LB Collection without hesitation .

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  3. Lauren

    Yeeesssssssss!!! Frank SLAYED…..

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  4. MCLover

    Thank God for Frank Ocean! Say NO TO the TECHNO of Nicki, Usher, Neyo and Rihanna! Support REAL RnB artisit like Frank Ocean-Mariah-Mary J-Alicia Keys-John John Legend. KEEP RnB ALIVE!!

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  5. KaramelKisses

    This dude is TOO bad in the best of ways! He didn’t have to have all that extra bullsh*t that alot of other “artists” have to have to shine. Loved, loved, loved the stripped down set!

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  6. Diego

    Overrated artist

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    Hank Reply:

    @Diego, I need to see your papers before I take your comment seriously.

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  7. Miles

    wish he performed a more exciting song but still awesome

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    BrunoBruno Reply:

    @Miles, exactly what i fort everyword

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  8. love

    LOVE FRANKIE

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  9. Hype

    Are people deaf now days! His voice cracked so much and he couldn’t even hit those falsettos. Like I don’t even get it! Briget Kelly’s version slays his

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    Yasmine Reply:

    @Hype, Sorry he didn’t mime or use autotune. I’m sure you’d have enjoyed that more.

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    Hype Reply:

    @Yasmine, Actually no I wouldn’t! I would have enjoyed some one who could actually sing like Alicia Keys!

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    Miles Reply:

    @Hype, You must be deaf if you think Bridgett Kelly’s was better. and regardless she wouldn’t have the song if he didn’t write the song.
    Songwriters/Singers >>>>>> Singers

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    Hype Reply:

    @Miles, Well guess this is when the saying to each his own applies

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @Hype, Omg did you not hear HER performance?! She can sing usually but tonight she sounded terrible and I’m not sure how anybody who heard her tonight could disagree.

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    Angela Reply:

    @Hype,

    But Alicia Keys was screaming off key like she was being tortured.

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    kelly Reply:

    @Hype, I agree Hype, it wasn’t that great

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  10. Antonio DeJoyce

    Awww Frank did his thang :) So happy for him, much success and happiness!! & F**kOff to the HATERS…. He doing his thang so just have several seats…

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  11. Looney

    Ocean started a little rocky but the whole performance was just terrific.

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  12. coolio

    much respect for frank WOOAHH!!!

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  13. demetrius

    Frank ocean voice amazed me with the height notes!!!!!!!!!

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  14. anon

    Love and respect Frank Ocean…but he’s done better, and could’ve done better.

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  15. bardia

    honestly. i love frank ocean. best voice out there right now. but he did better at his live concert and was a weak performance for his standards. but still blows every other artist out of the water. mad respect doe

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  16. Imu

    Since when hecame out about his sexuallity,every one scare to be negative on him period.

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  17. BrunoBruno

    i think everyone has forgot that his been out ill and probably still is ill

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  18. kelly

    Frank dosen’t sound that good live, I’ve seen him live twice and each time fails me… I also feel that because franks gay people are afraid to give real reviews, that performance wasnt that great….

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  19. mus

    Yeah i seen him live too, and he doent hit crazy high notes but he sounded real good and hit just the right notes. And his tone sounded real distinct that night. But at this VMA performance he sounded kind of off to be honest

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  20. mus

    But every singer has a bad night, plus people forget he is just coming back from pulling outta the coldplay tour due to vocal problems so possible this is his first show back and his voice is still picking up

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  21. gramgram

    Frank Ocean is simply that nigga!

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  22. money talk

    Wow this is passing as singing, no terrific singing things days.

    Set was nice and romantic, set a pretty good tone.

    Lyrics nice and set a good tone

    Vocals was awful but people are acting like it’s good. Nasal, monotone, forced falsetto. We are in a tone def society. This guy is acting like a singer.

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  23. Setra

    I’m right with Lady Gaga and Kreayshawn, this performance was riveting. It was simple, artistic and pure talent. I was also so happy to hear that he got a lot of praise from critics and fellow artists alike. This provided me and my Dish coworkers plenty to talk about on Friday at work. Luckily I recorded it on my Hopper, which I love because when I play back I’m able to start watching on my living room TV and continue watching on any TV in my house right where I left off. It’s really convenient that I can move from room to room to watch.

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    B to the C down to the Man Orange Reply:

    @Setra, TRue That

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  24. B to the C down to the Man Orange

    some of yall don’t like frank O Performance & the hater can keep on moving. Beautiful performance

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  26. Shae

    Absolutely love Frankie. I’m so proud of him… shit, I felt like Kelly & Clancy last night.

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