"Once I feel like the world knows me for anything else but my music then I feel like I failed." - The Weeknd

  • Born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye on Feb. 16, 1990, in Toronto, Ontario
  • The Weeknd's No. 1 smash "Can't Feel My Face" brought him to the mainstream. The song was featured on his second studio album, 2015's Beauty Behind The Madness, which topped the Billboard 200. 
  • The Weeknd earned his first career GRAMMY wins for 2015, including Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind The Madness. He made his GRAMMY stage debut at the 58th GRAMMY Awards, performing a medley of "Can't Feel My Face" and "In The Night."
  • The Weeknd has revealed that his stage name came from dropping out of high school and leaving "one weekend and never [coming] back home." He removed the third 'e' to avoid copyright issues with a Canadian band.
  • In 2016 The Weeknd made a $38,000 donation to the University of Toronto to start an Ethiopian studies program.

The Weeknd

"Once I feel like the world knows me for anything else but my music then I feel like I failed." - The Weeknd

  • Born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye on Feb. 16, 1990, in Toronto, Ontario
  • The Weeknd's No. 1 smash "Can't Feel My Face" brought him to the mainstream. The song was featured on his second studio album, 2015's Beauty Behind The Madness, which topped the Billboard 200. 
  • The Weeknd earned his first career GRAMMY wins for 2015, including Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind The Madness. He made his GRAMMY stage debut at the 58th GRAMMY Awards, performing a medley of "Can't Feel My Face" and "In The Night."
  • The Weeknd has revealed that his stage name came from dropping out of high school and leaving "one weekend and never [coming] back home." He removed the third 'e' to avoid copyright issues with a Canadian band.
  • In 2016 The Weeknd made a $38,000 donation to the University of Toronto to start an Ethiopian studies program.

GRAMMY Award Results for The Weeknd

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Nominations
Album Of The Year
Lemonade
 
Wins
Best R&B Performance
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beauty Behind The Madness
Nominations
Record Of The Year
Can't Feel My Face
Album Of The Year
Beauty Behind The Madness
Best Pop Solo Performance
Can't Feel My Face
Best R&B Song
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Best Song Written For Visual Media
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
 
Nominations
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Remember You