Frank Ocean, recently became the 17th Annual Webby Awards Person of the Year. The award which honors excellence on the Internet was presented to Frank for “showing a deep understanding of the Internet as a communicative tool for social change”. This award arises from the thank you letter, which had been planned to first been seen inside his album Channel Orange, Ocean posted on his Tumblr page in July of last year http://frankocean.tumblr.com/post/26473798723.
Webby Person of the Year
Frank Ocean http://frankocean.com/
The Webby Awards are proud to announce Frank Ocean as the recipient of the 17th Annual Webby Awards Person of the Year Award. Frank Ocean has had a truly remarkable, impactful year as both a musician and cultural icon, showing a deep understanding of the Internet as a communicative tool for social change. Just prior to the release of his critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning album Channel Orange (which reached number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2012), Frank Ocean took to Tumblr (one of his favorite ways to interact with fans) to publish his letter “Thank You’s,” a move considered by many as particularly brave given the history of outspoken discrimination in the hip-hop and R&B music communities. Instead, Ocean helped launch a wave of support, understanding and conversation that continues to swell online and offline to this very day.
This has not been the only honour for Frank in the past few weeks. Time Magazine have also named him one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World, which sees him side by side with such names as: Steven Spielberg, Jay-Z, Kim Jong Un and Lebron James, to name just a few. You can read what John Legend had to say about Frank here http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/frank-ocean/