What happened to The Weeknd’s face? The singer appeared at the 2020 American Music Awards on Sunday evening, November 22, with a heavily bruised and bandaged face and no explanation. The singer performed “In Your Eyes” with Kenny G during the ceremony, causing a spike of interest in his unexplained facial injuries. He later won three awards, all for music from his latest album, After Hours.
This isn’t the first time The Weeknd has sported a bruised face to an awards ceremony. The musician also showed up with a bruised face to MTV’s Video Music Awards in August 2020 and his appearance on Saturday Night Live in March 2020. It all began with his “Blinding Lights” music video — and it turns out all of the bloody-and-bruised appearances are part of the promotion for his latest album, on which the song features.
Here’s what you need to know:
LOOK: The Weeknd’s Face Was Heavily Bandaged During His AMA Appearance on Sunday Night
The Weeknd’s appearance at the 2020 American Music Awards on Sunday night was the first time he appeared with his face and much of his head wrapped in what appeared to be gauze bandages.
The Weeknd has not provided an updated public statement on his look. However, he did post a photo of his bruised face from the VMAs on his Instagram account two days before the AMAs. It’s assumed that his latest appearance is simply more promotion for his latest album.
The Weeknd’s bandaged face was impossible to ignore. For that reason, many turned to Twitter for some sort of explanation for his appearance.
“Feeling a little uncomfortable watching #AMAs with #TheWeekend and his oddly bandaged head,” Virginia-based ABC7 News reporter Steve Rudin tweeted. “Did I miss something? Asking for a friend. 🤕”
Shortly after The Weeknd performed with Kenny G, the official American Music Awards Twitter account tweeted a video of the performer in his bandages during what the post called the “world premiere” of his new song, “Save Your Tears.” He was wearing a similar suit to the one he wore when he appeared bruised at the VMAs earlier this year.
During the awards ceremony on Sunday night, The Weeknd won three awards. Early in the evening, he won the award for “Favorite Soul and R&B Album” for After Hours. Later on in the evening, he won the award for “Favorite Song – Soul/R&B” for his song “Heartless.” Lastly, The Weekend won “Best Male Artist – Soul/R&B” at the end of the evening.
The Weeknd didn’t mention his bandaged face in either of his acceptance speeches.
Twitter Reacts to The Weeknd’s Surprising Appearance at the AMAs
The bandages might be a promotional stunt he’s pulled multiple times at this point, but that doesn’t seem to make it any less surprising when it happens. Upon seeing The Weeknd’s bruised and battered appearance on Sunday night, thousands of users flooded Twitter to share their confusion over the situation, as well as their humorous takes on what was going on.
“I want someone to be as committed to me as The Weeknd is committed to character #AMAs,” someone tweeted.
Another person tweeted, “the weeknd is literally an icon. a legend. he doesn’t just release music & says ight das it … NAHH he literally takes us with him on whole adventures & eras every time he releases an album. i love & appreciate him so much.”
The singer will be headlining the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show in February, Glamour reported. The news was announced earlier in November.