The Weeknd still releases music under his iconic stage name, even though he doesn’t like the name as much as he initially did. Here’s what this artist had to say about where ‘The Weeknd’ came from and why he prefers some fans to call him by his real name – Abel.
The Weeknd is a stage character for Abel Makkonen Tesfaye
The Weeknd is known for songs like “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears”. Recently, the artist released Dawn FM, which included “Out of Time”, “Sacrifice”, and “How Do I Make You Love Me?”
It also featured an old man’s version of The Weeknd on the cover, with the character highlighted in shades of blue. Although this musician releases music under the stage name The Weeknd, he is also known by his birth name – Abel Makkonen Tesfaye.
“My fans don’t call me The Weeknd,” the artist said during a 2021 interview with GQ. “They just call me Abel. It’s a tricky thing, but I think The Weeknd name holds such a legacy right now. The story of this name is not over yet.
The Weeknd doesn’t like his stage name as much as he did initially
What is the meaning of The Weeknd’s stage name? The artist explained that while he was still releasing music under the name Abel, his original album balloon house was formerly called The weekend.
During the same interview, The Weeknd was asked if he liked his stage name as much as he did when he started.
“No, not as much as me at the time,” the singer said. “I still love him, but I think now it’s easy to take that coat off. I like that I have this as an option to escape Abel for a bit. I definitely liked him more at the moment. time than I do now. But I like my name now: Abel.
Of course, The Weeknd still releases music under this stage persona, also appearing as the character in music videos for Dawn FM. This character being constantly beaten or killed, some interpret it as a way for Abel to destroy his character.
The Weeknd is a Grammy Award-winning artist
Since his debut on the music scene, this artist has earned the recognition of several awards. That includes the Grammys, where he won awards in the Best Melodic Rap Performance and Best R&B Performance categories.
It won two Grammy Awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album. The Weeknd is the artist nominated for the most awards at the BBMAs, achieving recognition in 17 categories thanks to his 2022 release Dawn FM.
Thanks to Planet She, Doja Cat has earned 14 Billboard Music Award nominations. Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo, Kanye “Ye” West and Justin Bieber have each received 13 nominations for the upcoming awards show.
Music by The Weeknd is available on most major streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
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