“The Grammys are probably now really regretting not giving The Weeknd any nominations.” Just one of many tweets I read within a couple hours of The Weeknd’s performance during the halftime show at the 55th annual Super Bowl.
The Weeknd was highly praised for his spectacular performance despite there not being the usual large audience. Canadians were especially proud since the singer’s hometown is Scarborough, Ontario.
Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, tweeted:
“Incredible performance by @theweeknd at the #SuperBowl #PepsiHalftime show.
From Scarborough all the way to the world’s biggest stage.
Making Toronto proud.”
The performance involved many lights, which were indeed blinding, yet still enjoyable. Back-up dancers along with The Weeknd himself were dressed in the familiar red and black ensemble he has been sporting in the most recent music events and awards shows. This is to stick with the theme and visuals of his past few music videos.
Songs Included in The Weeknd’s Halftime Show Performance:
- Call Out My Name (choir version)
- The Hills
- Can’t Feel My Face
- I Feel It Coming
- Save Your Tears
- Earned It
- Blinding Lights
Fans were not only proud of The Weeknd for showcasing his talents but also proud of his efforts and support towards social matters.
Darren Dutchyshen* on Twitter wrote:
“Killing it! #SuperBowl Scarborough-born superstar The Weeknd donates half a million dollars to support frontline hospital workers at SHN – Scarborough Health Network”
“#TheWeeknd had donated millions of dollars to non-profit initiatives including Suubi Health Center, MusiCares, the Scarborough Health Network, Black Lives Matter, Know Your Rights Camp, the National Bail Out, Equal Justice Initiative, and more.”
*Both verified on Twitter
As you may recall, when the Grammy nominations were announced towards the end of last year, a lot of people were not shy in expressing how upset they were. The belief of the majority was that this was unfair as The Weeknd’s song “Blinding Lights” was number 1 on the charts for several weeks. Additionally, according to sales, his album After Hours was also very successful.
The Weeknd himself called out the Grammys back in November tweeting the following:
“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
Other artists had his back as well including fellow Canadian, rapper, Drake, who expressed on his Instagram Story:
“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after. It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can’t change their ways.
The other day I said @theweeknd was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way. This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.”
This situation aside, The Weeknd had the honour of headlining the 55th Super Bowl Halftime Show. Personally parting from his performance, I thought he did an incredible job. His vocals were very impressive. The transitions between each song were smooth, he sang his top hits so I couldn’t help but sing along. Though I wish he included a performance of “In Your Eyes”, the setlist was still great and I got chills and felt hyped up watching the final song.
With the Grammy Awards rescheduled to March, some people have jokingly speculated that they might reconsider giving The Weeknd some nominations. Do you think it’s possible?
Thank you for reading.
Graduate from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) & Lead Content Writer at Parting Stories.