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These Secrets About The Weeknd Will Give You A Deeper Appreciation For the “Starboy” Singer

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This may be the weekend that The Weeknd takes it all.

The singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, is the most-nominated artist at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, where he is up for a whopping 17 trophies, including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Collaboration for his single “Save Your Tears” with Ariana Grande and Top R&B Album for his dreamy fifth record Dawn FM

Known for his flawless falsetto, despondent lyrics, and slow-grooving backbeats, the 32-year-old from Toronto, Canada, has wowed listeners for over a decade now with a seemingly never-ending string of hits such as, “Wicked Games,” “Blinding Lights,” “Call Out My Name,” “I Can’t Feel My Face” and, most recently, “Out of Time.” 

He’s performed his own halftime show at the Super Bowl. He’s written songs for artists including Kanye West and Lana Del Rey. He has romanced Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez

Now, ahead of the Billboard Music Awards, it’s officially time for Starboy to shine once again.

With 19 Billboard Music Awards already under his belt, we’ll have to wait and see just how many more he’ll add to his already-impressive collection when the awards ceremony airs live on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 15 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST.

Until then, catch up on everything there is to know about the “Save Your Tears” singer below.  

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1. Born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, he initially wanted to use The Weekend as a stage name. But an already existent Ontario rock band forced him to make a slight edit.

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