39 Facts About The Weeknd


The Weeknd's accolades include four Grammy Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards, 22 Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Latin Grammy Award, and nominations for an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.


The Weeknd explored dark wave in his debut studio album Kiss Land, which debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200.


The Weeknd's trap-infused third studio album Starboy saw similar commercial success and included the US number-one single of the same name and "Die For You", and won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.


The Weeknd is the only child of Ethiopian immigrants Makkonen Tesfaye and Samrawit Hailu, who separated shortly after his birth.


The Weeknd was brought up in the district of Scarborough by his mother and grandmother.


The Weeknd later became fluent in French by attending a French-immersion school.


The Weeknd was further educated at West Hill Collegiate Institute and Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute.

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The Weeknd has described this period as being like the 1995 film Kids "without the AIDS", as they lived a hedonistic lifestyle.


The Weeknd participated in concerts hosted by the Black Student Association at the University of Toronto.


The Weeknd was unveiled as one of the musical faces of the streaming service Apple Music, alongside Drake.


On February 17,2017, the Weeknd began his fifth concert tour, called Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour.


The Weeknd visited the continents Europa, North- and South America and Oceania.


The Weeknd then appeared on the Virgil Abloh-directed music video for Lil Uzi Vert's "XO Tour Llif3" alongside Nav.


The Weeknd was later featured on Lil Uzi Vert's debut album Luv Is Rage 2 on the track "UnFazed" and on Gucci Mane's eleventh studio album Mr Davis on the track "Curve".


The Weeknd released the album's title track as a promotional single.


The Weeknd reportedly spent US$7 million of his own money on the Super Bowl performance.


The Weeknd accepted his first Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist, which was presented to him by former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama.


The Weeknd was nominated for a record sixteen awards, and won ten, including Top Artist and Top Hot 100 Song.


The Weeknd broke the record for the most simultaneous entries for a male soloist on the Billboard Global 200, with twenty-four songs on the chart.


On July 26,2022, the Weeknd announced that he will host a haunted house at Universal Studios Hollywood, as part of the Universal's Halloween Horror Nights hosted every Halloween.


On February 27,2023, in the wake of the remix's success, the Weeknd became the first artist to surpass 100 million monthly listeners on Spotify.


On March 3,2023, the Weeknd released his first live album, titled Live at SoFi Stadium.


In May 2023, the Weeknd revealed in an interview with W that he intends to retire the moniker of "the Weeknd" in favor of performing under his birth name, or adopting a new pseudonym altogether.


The Weeknd explained that his upcoming album will most likely serve as his "final hurrah" under the name.


The Weeknd has attributed Jackson's music as key in spurring him to be a singer, referencing the lyrics to "Dirty Diana" as an example.

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The Weeknd grew up listening to a variety of music genres, including soul, hip hop, funk, indie rock, and post-punk.


The Weeknd has cited Lana Del Rey, David Bowie, the Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, DeBarge, 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, and Eminem as influences and inspirations.


The Weeknd collaborated with fashion designer Alexander Wang for an apparel collection.


The Weeknd cut ties with the company in 2018, following a racist incident within the company.


The Weeknd was inspired to support the center after learning of French Montana's work with Global Citizen and Mama Hope to help raise awareness for Suubi and the people of Uganda.


The Weeknd then urged other music executives, major record labels, and streaming services to donate to the cause as well.


The Weeknd donated US$300,000 to Global Aid for Lebanon in support of victims of the Beirut explosion.


The Weeknd starred in the music video for his single "In the Night" in December 2015.


The Weeknd briefly dated American singer-actress Selena Gomez from January to October 2017.


The Weeknd began growing it out in 2011 and remarked at how easy it was to maintain with "a hard shampoo every once in a while".


The Weeknd cut his hair in 2016, prior to the release of Starboy.


The Weeknd later altered the handles on his social media to reflect his stage name in preparation for the release of Starboy.


The Weeknd pleaded no contest and was sentenced to complete fifty hours of community service.


The Weeknd has received nominations for an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.