The Weeknd actually lit up Los Angeles along with his American Music Awards efficiency, setting a brand new customary for the how-to-get-creative-with-social-distancing-during-an-awards show.

Playing a pyro-loaded medley of “Your Eyes” and “Save Your Tears,” the efficiency began off with a solo from celebrity saxist Kenny G — who performs on the music’s remix —earlier than chopping to The Weeknd, dressed because the red-suited, busted-nose character featured within the art work, movies and TV appearances round his blockbuster newest album “After Hours.”

On “SNL,” “Jimmy Kimmel” and different TV spots, The Weeknd has tried to interrupt down the proverbial fourth wall by bringing the character and the storyline into these exhibits — and it continued with this efficiency: Rather than simply having a bandage on his nostril, like he has in most of these spots, his complete head was swathed bandages for this one, inflicting greater than a bit of confusion on social media from followers who hadn’t been absolutely following the surreal storyline that is advanced over the course of the movies (head right here and right here and here for extra particulars on all that.)

One fan on Twitter absolutely knew the backstory: @lolwatjustin tweeted, “is TheWeeknd gonna be in a full physique cast by the point we get to he Grammys??”

Not that you simply wanted to know the storyline to be dazzled by the efficiency: After Kenny G’s intro, the digital camera adopted The Weeknd strolling down a bridge throughout the Los Angeles River as a sequence of fireworks and pyrotechnics exploded alongside the best way. It was a masterful feat of timing, camerawork and, evidently, pyrotechnical experience: Even in the event that they nailed the efficiency in a single take, it expended a Fourth of July’s value of pyro in about 5 minutes.

He had the bandages on whereas accepting his award for Best R&B Album as properly, throughout which he recalled accepting the award from Prince the final time he received it, and dedicating this new award to him.



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