Watch Frank Ocean Play The VMAs

By Tom Breihan / September 7, 2012 - 8:56 am

At least one of your Stereogum correspondents is so lame and old that he didn’t actually watch last night’s VMAs, for like the first time in decades, because he was watching some political convention on some other channel instead. But according to my Twitter feed, the indisputable highlight, unless you’re super into One Direction or whatever, came when Frank Ocean sang “Thinkin Bout You,” one of the most immediate tracks from Channel Orange. Ocean sat on a stage made to look like a beach bonfire, with only one guitarist accompanying him throughout, and he sold it well enough that the crowd cheered when he stood up. His voice sounded cracked and imperfect and awesome. Watch it below.

The show also had performances from Rihanna with A$AP Rocky and Lil Wayne with 2 Chainz, but that’s nothing you really need to worry about.