32 Facts About The Weeknd

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The Weeknd has received numerous accolades, including four Grammy Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards, 17 Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and nominations for an Academy Award, a Latin Grammy Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.

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

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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 won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

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The Weeknd's dance-pop inspired fifth album Dawn FM included the US top-ten single "Take My Breath", and "Sacrifice".

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

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

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

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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 film Kids "without the AIDS", as they lived a hedonistic lifestyle.

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

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11.

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

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12.

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

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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".

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14.

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

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15.

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

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16.

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.

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17.

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

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18.

The Weeknd is currently on tour in North America, and will visit the continents South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the country Australia.

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19.

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.

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20.

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.

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22.

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

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23.

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

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24.

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.

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

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26.

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

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27.

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

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28.

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".

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29.

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

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30.

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

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31.

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

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32.

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

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