The Weeknd stepped again into that iconic pink tuxedo for his 2020 VMAs efficiency of ‘Blinding Lights.’ The singer is up for six nominations at this 12 months’s present!

Becoming for the MTV Video Music Awards, The Weeknd made us really feel like we have been in a music video whereas watching his efficiency on the 2020 present! As a substitute of Las Vegas, although, The Weeknd climbed up 1000 toes above Manhattan at Hudson Yards to ship an electrifying efficiency of “Blinding Lights,” which MTV aired on Aug. 30. Each the pink tuxedo jacket and pretend face bruises from the music video returned for The Weeknd’s sky-high efficiency.

The Weeknd opening the MTV VMAs on Aug. 30, 2020. (MTV)

The Weeknd (actual title Abel Tesfaye) gave followers a tease of his efficiency look when he was seen sporting bruises on his face, presumably the work of particular results make-up, whereas leaving his lodge in New York Metropolis on Aug. 27. The hitmaker was rocking the exact same pink tuxedo blazer and black formal apparel that he wore in his music video for “Blinding Lights,” which he launched in Jan. 2020. This led many to imagine that Abel might’ve been rehearsing his efficiency for the VMAs earlier than Sunday night time’s present.

The Weeknd’s efficiency on the 2020 VMAs was set on a constructing in Hudson Yards, 1000 toes above Manhattan! (MTV)

Abel not too long ago defined the bruised look within the music video, telling Esquire that “Blinding Lights” is actually about “the way you need to see somebody at night time, and also you’re intoxicated, and also you’re driving to this particular person and also you’re simply blinded by streetlights, however nothing might cease you from attempting to go see that particular person, since you’re so lonely.” Nonetheless, Abel clarified that he by no means needs to “promote drunk driving,” however admitted “that’s what the darkish undertone is” within the “Blinding Lights” visuals. The video despatched a robust message, as a result of it took dwelling the VMAs’ prime honor — “Video of the Yr” — along with “Finest R&B.”

The Weeknd in his music video for “Blinding Lights.” (Courtesy of Youtube)

Throughout his Esquire interview, Abel additionally touched on his 2018 EP My Expensive Melancholy, which many followers believed was impressed by his breakup with Selena Gomez. “The purpose why it was so brief is like, I believe I simply had nothing else to say on this…no matter…It was identical to this cathartic piece of artwork. And yeah, it was brief, as a result of that’s all I needed to say on this example,” Abel admitted to Esquire.

It was clear Abel was speaking a few previous lover, although, in a brand new collab with Calvin Harris that dropped two days earlier than the VMAs. Within the monitor, “Over Now,” Abel declares that he’s “by no means comin’ again round” to an previous relationship — a vow that he particularly appeared to face by, since he sings in one other verse, “Feedin’ the press, however we don’t converse / However we’re each with any person else / So please cease calling me.” In fact, this led just a few followers to surprise if Abel could possibly be courting somebody new after splitting with Bella Hadid for a second time in 2019.