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Frank Ocean takes home 2013 GRAMMY for 'Channel Orange'
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Frank Ocean takes home 2013 GRAMMY for 'Channel Orange'

More on the rapper's two wins at the 55th GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/May 15, 2017 - 01:36 pm

(In the coming weeks GRAMMY.com will feature information and video highlights on winners from the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Each installment will offer the winning or related video, and some pertinent, and not so pertinent, information about the track and the artists.)

Album: Channel Orange [iTunes]

Artist: Frank Ocean

Won for: Best Urban Contemporary Album

Previous wins: Ocean's two GRAMMY wins this year marked the first wins of his career.

Did you know?: Ocean won two of the six GRAMMYs he was nominated for at the 55th GRAMMY Awards, picking up his first career GRAMMY for Best Urban Contemporary Album for 2012's Channel Orange. Channel Orange features production by Ocean, Malay, Om'Mas Keith, Pharrell, and Shea Taylor. The album includes the Record Of The Year-nominated track "Thinkin Bout You." On the 55th GRAMMY telecast, Ocean performed another Channel Orange track, "Forrest Gump." Ocean also picked up Best Rap/Sung Collaboration honors for "No Church In The Wild" with Jay-Z, Kanye West and The-Dream.

And The GRAMMY Went To ... Esperanza Spalding
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And The GRAMMY Went To ... Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding, Best New Artist

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

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Track: "Little Fly" (iTunes>)

Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Won for: Best New Artist

Previous wins: None

Did you know?: Spalding was hired as an instructor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music at just 20 years old. She is the first pure jazz artist to win the coveted Best New Artist award. On her 2008 album Esperanza, Spalding sings in English, Portuguese and Spanish. At the invitation of President Barack Obama, she performed at both the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway, and also at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2009. Along with Bobby McFerrin, she co-hosted this year's 53rd GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony.

"Little Fly" is the opening track on Spalding's 2010 release Chamber Music Society, and is an illustration of William Blake's poem "Little Fly." The album peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart.

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And The GRAMMY Went To ... Jay Z
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And The GRAMMY Went To ... Jay Z

More on the rapper's two wins at the 56th GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

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Song: "Holy Grail" 

Artist: Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake

Won for: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Previous wins: Jay Z has 52 prior GRAMMY nominations and 17 prior GRAMMY wins. Timberlake has 28 prior nominations, including those with 'N Sync, and six prior wins.  

Did you know?: Jay Z led 56th GRAMMY nominations with nine. In addition to Best Rap/Sung Collaboration honors for "Holy Grail," Jay Z and Justin Timberlake also took home Best Music Video for "Suit & Tie." Jay Z has now won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration seven times in his career. He has the most GRAMMY wins this decade, winning nine so far. With 19 awards to date, Jay Z trails only Kanye West (21) as the rapper with the most GRAMMY wins. Jay Z and wife Beyoncé kicked off the 56th GRAMMY telecast with a performance of "Drunk In Love," a follow-up collaboration to their 2003 GRAMMY-winning hit "Crazy In Love."

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And The GRAMMY Went To ... Usher

Usher's "There Goes My Baby"

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

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Track: "There Goes My Baby" (iTunes>)

Artist: Usher

Won for: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Previous wins: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2001 for "U Remind Me"; Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002 for "U Don't Have To Call"; Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals in 2004 for "My Boo" with Alicia Keys; Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2004 for Confessions; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2004 for "Yeah!" with Lil Jon and Ludacris
 

Did you know?: "There Goes My Baby" is featured on Usher's sixth studio album, Raymond V Raymond, his third release to top the Billboard 200 and his second to pick up Best Contemporary R&B Album honors. "There Goes My Baby" cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Usher performed his No. 1 single "OMG" on Sunday's GRAMMY telecast with his protégé Justin Bieber. With the help of Usher, Bieber landed a recording contract with Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman & CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid at the age of 15, just one year older than Usher was when he signed with Reid's LaFace label in 1992. Usher launched an acting career in the '90s, appearing in films such as The Faculty and Light It Up. He is a part owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, and owns his own record label, US Records.

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And The GRAMMY Went To ... Jay-Z
Alicia Keys and Jay-Z

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And The GRAMMY Went To ... Jay-Z

Jay-Z's "Empire State Of Mind"

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

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Track: "Empire State Of Mind" (iTunes>)

Artist: Jay-Z

Won for: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song (with Alicia Keys)

Previous wins: Ten previous wins, including Best Rap Album for Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life in 1998, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Crazy In Love" (with Beyoncé) in 2003 and for "Umbrella" (with Rihanna) in 2007, and Best Rap Song for "Run This Town" in 2009

Did you know?: "Empire State Of Mind," for which Jay-Z teamed with Alicia Keys, was also nominated for Record Of The Year, and its win for Best Rap Song earned awards for both Jay-Z and Keys as well as songwriters Angela Hunte, Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic and Alexander Shuckburgh. "Empire State Of Mind" is a half-loving, half-cautionary ode to New York and, according to singer/songwriter Katy Perry, was the inspiration for her to write a similarly themed song for her native West Coast, "California Gurls." Jay-Z, with Swizz Beatz, also won the Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group GRAMMY for "On To The Next One."

In 1996 Jay-Z founded Roc-A-Fella Records, he's created the urban clothing line Rocawear and holds a stake in a number of businesses, including the NBA's New Jersey Nets. He recently placed second on Forbes magazine's list of wealthiest hip-hop artists with a net worth estimated at $450 million. "Empire State Of Mind" made the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Jay-Z's first No. 1 single as a lead artist. Keys' album The Element Of Freedom contains a solo version of the song, "Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down."

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