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Frank Ocean named mtvU's Man of the Year

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Frank Ocean has been named mtvU's Man of the Year.

The singer won the accolade from MTV's university-focused channel following the success of his debut album Channel Orange.

Frank Ocean at the MTV Video Music Awards

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Ocean, who was recently nominated for six Grammys, was also praised for his decision to open up about his sexuality by revealing that his first love was a man.

MTV said: "Ocean has been 'having a moment' for almost the whole year.

"A few of our favourite performance benchmarks include his stirring, stripped-down performance at the VMAs and his debut on Saturday Night Live, which included an assist on guitar from John Mayer."

Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, added: "mtvU is proud to shine a spotlight on Frank Ocean, whose boundary-shattering music and commitment to personal expression has touched and inspired millions.

"He refused to let homophobia stop him, and the cultural impact of his work will echo for years to come."

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani activist who survived being shot in the head by Taliban soldiers as she fought for equal-opportunity education, was named Woman of the Year.

Watch Frank Ocean performing 'Thinkin Bout You' live on Saturday Night Live below:

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