Frank Ocean's "Forrest Gump" Grammy Performance Was Like a Box of Turds

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Frank Ocean channeled a dead Jenny, instead of orange with his totally weirdo-in-a-bad-way performance at the 2013 Grammys.

Some really poor decision-making led him to sing his love song to Forrest Gump last night, which included a stage show that had way too much going on that made way too little sense. 

Ocean was going for poetry, and we just got a fragmented mess of mental backwash. 

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It's fine to write a love song about a retarded film character from 1994, but not acceptable to perform it as the mediocre tune you nervously sing in front of the largest audience you'll ever have. 

The Grammys are about popular music, and this song is never going to be remotely as popular as its namesake. No matter what the music editors of the internet tell ya, it wasn't edgy or subversive to use it, it was childish. 

And worse than picking a strange song to which most people cannot relate, the visuals were ill-conceived. If the "Thinking About You" video indicated anything about Frank Ocean's ability to create a coherent visual narrative, then it's clear that no matter what a cutie this guy is, he needs to stay in the studio. The images projected sort of jogged us through the song's lyrics, and the legs running below Ocean's waist were a decent idea, but all together, the show just didn't come close to working. It made the Carrie Underwood creepy screensaver dress look like a clever endeavor. 

Just cause everyone thinks you made the best album of last year doesn't give you full creative license. Ocean's hubris, and the industry's christening of him as the "cool outcast" created a stage monster. 




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tommy704
tommy704

So I’m going to assume from your blog that you have no idea what this song is about lol (a little research before you wrote this would have helped you gain some insight) this song is about a situation in which frank has publicized in a letter where he talked about a man he had a intimate relationship with when he was younger. Forrest gump is being used as a metaphor for this relationship in the song…make sense now??? As for the performance itself..the concept was great! You should think so to sense you have not been informed of the meaning of the song lol….the singing however was bad! But frank is not a performance singer (he sounds like that at most of his live concerts) that’s something he needs to learn cause there’s a big different in singing in a studio and signing live.

troyhandersen
troyhandersen

If he were on American Idol he'd have been sent packing !

troyhandersen
troyhandersen

I couldnt agree more. Souded like he needed to be lip syncing

liz.tracy
liz.tracy moderator editor

@tobiasgwalton Yeah, I got the idea about the song. I was joking. It clearly wasn't a love song for Forrest Gump. It's an incredibly odd, yet not interesting idea to write a song using FG as a metaphor.  

tommy704
tommy704

@liz.tracy interesting....why do you feel that way? Tons of iconic artist in history have all told a story of love in this fashion...is it the center point he used or you dont fancy the song itself? By the way have you heard the album version of the song? I wonder (for experimental purposes lol) if your opinion of it would change?? Its very different from that performace verson

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