The Weeknd kicks off VMAs 2020 with Hudson Yards performance

The Weeknd lit up the 2020 VMAs Sunday evening.

The 30-year-old Canadian singer kicked off the show with his performance, described prematurely as a “keyed-up, dazzling” showcase. He lived as much as the hype with a rooftop model of his hit single “Blinding Lights” — which gained VMAs for Video of the Year and Best R&B — from the remark deck at Hudson Yards, full with a background of fireworks.

The Weeknd pre-taped components of his performance there and in Brooklyn final week. While out and about in NYC, the artist was all-in, embracing a purple jacket and bloody make-up paying homage to his battered visage in his VMA-nominated, frenetic “Blinding Lights” music video. He wildly cruised via big-city streets in a Mercedes-Benz within the movie, which was shot over the course of 4 days in Las Vegas and LA.

The three-time Grammy-winner’s tune — is a story of loneliness, intoxication and craving — consists of acquainted hints of digital keyboards, a maybe unintentional nod to a-ha’s 1985 chart-topper “Take on Me” (which gained six VMAs in 1986). The tune was the second single from his newest album, “After Hours,” which dropped in February.

A six-time VMA nominee this yr, The Weeknd was up for video of the yr, artist of the yr, greatest R&B, greatest route, greatest cinematography and greatest enhancing. He joined a performance roster that included a quarantine-weary Lady Gaga and “Rain on Me” collaborator Ariana Grande, Maluma, BTS, DaBaby, Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat, CNCO and the Black Eyed Peas.

The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, beforehand fired up the VMAs stage in 2015 with a performance of his breakout hit “Can’t Feel My Face.”

The Weeknd performs at Hudson Yards to kick off the 2020 VMAs.
The Weeknd performs at Hudson Yards to kick off the 2020 VMAs.Getty Images



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