Frank Ocean may have just canceled a string of tour stops, but it doesn’t seem to be because he was tiring of the spotlight. Ocean is now slated to bring his fragile, silky falsetto to one of the biggest stages possible: the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. Ocean has already had a breakout year, but this slot gives him a chance to enter a whole other stratosphere.
With just 10 days until the show, he joins five-time VMA nominee Rihanna (we hope he actually joins her for a duet) as a last-minute addition to a packed lineup that already featured veterans Taylor Swift, Pink, Green Day and Alicia Keys. As for Ocean, he’s not the only VMA virgin on the bill: British heartthrobs One Direction are also performing. The massive show airs live from Los Angeles on September 6. Labor Day and the VMAs in a span of four days? Hope you weren’t expecting to get much work done that week.