The Weeknd recently picked up his first grammy trophy at the 58th Grammy Awards, where he also nailed his first career Grammy performance.
Abel Tesfaye, known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a singer, songwriter and producer from Scarborough, Canada. He has received 19 awards from 86 nominations so far.
In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd”. He released three mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. The following year, he released a compilation album Trilogy, thirty tracks consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. It was released under Republic Records and his own label XO.
Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye was born on 16 February 1990, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and raised in Scarborough, and is an only child. He is of Ethiopian descent; his parents, Makkonen and Samra, migrated from Ethiopia in the 1980s.
The Weeknd cites R. Kelly, Michael Jackson and Prince as his main inspirations.