BRIT Awards 2021: Michelle Obama gives The Weeknd the International Male Solo Artist prize

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The BRIT Awards (often simply called the BRITs) are the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards. ... The awards were first held in 1977 and originated as an annual event in 1982 under the auspices of the British record industry's trade association, the BPI. In 1989, they were renamed The BRIT Awards. wikipedia.orgWikipedia — Brit Awards

The Canadian singer recently spoke out against the Recording Academy following his surprising lack of nominations at the 2021 Grammy Awards, stating that he would not be submitting his music for consideration going forward. After the Grammys announced it would be ending nomination-by-committee, the Weeknd stated he would continue to boycott the awards.

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The Weeknd Performs "Save Your Tears" at Brit Awards Alongside Oneohtrix Point Never

Complex 12 May, 2021 - 04:00am

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The superstar hit the stage Tuesday alongside album collaborator Oneohtrix Point Never, as Abel Tesfaye himself rocked a surprisingly non-characteristic get-up while singing through “Save Your Tears.” Dawning an all-black look, the singer looked ready for any flood to come his way, as the camera panned out to reveal the two performing inside a mini rain shelter. He previously opted to leave the red suit behind at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball and his Time100 performance.

During the ceremony itself, Abel took home the award for International Solo Male Artist, one of the bigger trophies to earn at the show. The award was presented by none other than former First Lady Michelle Obama, for a collab that should’ve happened much longer ago. She shared that in a “tough year,” Abel has provided a “light that’s pretty blinding and given us all a reason to dance.” 

Abel, of course, accepted the award while standing out in the rain to keep the whole tears/rain motif going. 

“I wish I was there to accept the award,” he said. “I wanna shout out my UK fans for helping me breakout into the world. If it wasn’t for you guys, I would not be standing here right now, so thank you, I love you. To my people in Ethiopia who are suffering, you are deep in my heart. For everyone watching, please help where you can.”

Also this week, The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears (Remix)” with Ariana Grande has stayed atop the Billboard Hot 100 for yet another week, as it marked the duo’s sixth chart topper in the U.S.

Michelle Obama presents award to The Weeknd at The BRITs

NME 12 May, 2021 - 04:00am

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has presented The Weeknd with the award for Best International Male at this year’s BRIT Awards.

As well as thanking The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) for his work as a musician and performer, she also highlighted his many charitable donations including ones to the coronavirus relief effort, Black Lives Matter and food aid in Ethiopia.

“In a tough year, he’s provided a light that’s pretty blinding and given us all a reason to dance,” Obama said.

In his acceptance speech, The Weeknd thanked his fans and added: “My people in Ethiopia who are suffering – you are deep in my heart. For everyone watching, please help where you can.”

You can watch his speech below:

Someone please get @theweeknd an umbrella!! Best acceptance speech location yet 🙌 #BRITs pic.twitter.com/AxpVAiUF9h

— BRIT Awards (@BRITs) May 11, 2021

Earlier in the evening, Dua Lipa opened the event alongside Coldplay who delivered a performance of their new single ‘Higher Power’ on the River Thames.

Chris Martin and co. opened the ceremony with a lively performance that began with fireworks and featured dancing holograms. The group performed on a specially constructed riverboat stage on the Thames which overlooked the O2 Arena where the awards were being held.

Hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, this year’s BRIT Awards ceremony opened with Coldplay performing their new single ‘Higher Power’ from a pontoon on the River ThamesDua LipaArlo ParksHeadie One and more also took to the stage inside at The O2 Arena throughout the evening.

Winners include Haim (International Group), Arlo Parks (Breakthrough Artist), Dua Lipa (Female Solo Artist) and J Hus (Male Solo Artist).

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Brits 2021: People can't stop making The Weeknd memes

Cosmopolitan UK 12 May, 2021 - 04:00am

The Weeknd performed at the Brit awards in an incredible bucket hat, and instantly became a Twitter meme.

The singer took part in a virtual performance of 'Save Your Tears', wearing an impressive rain coat and black bucket hat, with many viewers taking to social media to share brilliant responses to his outfit.

Some compared him to Paddington, while others joked he was ready for a drink outside in the UK with his five friends. Here are some of the best The Weeknd memes from the Brit awards 2021:

The Weeknd is dressed for the British weather I see #brits2021 #BRITs pic.twitter.com/bCM2pXMkOi

Not The Weeknd accepting his award as if he just got off the Tidal Wave ride at Thorpe Park #brits2021 #BRITs pic.twitter.com/o4gaQPOH71

the weeknd is all prepared for the UK beer gardens, good lad #BRITs pic.twitter.com/0J7YPkBH7B

the weeknd channeling a true british fashion icon <3 #brits2021 #brits pic.twitter.com/6FSFjR9717

I know what you did last Weeknd #brits2021 pic.twitter.com/Tvom0Y4dI2

The weeknd auditioning for the moby dick reboot?#brits2021 pic.twitter.com/i5AWKCw8KY

Wish I had The Weeknd’s outfit when I was out last weekend #Brits pic.twitter.com/zPMcToHsGN

The Weeknd is giving me Paddington Bear vibes tbh 😆 #BRITs pic.twitter.com/P3n2K8tbuL

The Weeknd embracing what it's like to be at a British pub on an evening #brits pic.twitter.com/0a9RrsTY1G

The Weeknd be like:#brits2021 #BRITs pic.twitter.com/IH0yfrRGiG

The singer won the Best International Male Artist at the awards, which was presented by actual Michelle Obama, and thanked his UK fans for "helping him to break out into the world." He also used his speech to call on viewers to help out with charitable causes.

The Weeknd Performs ‘Save Your Tears’ at BRIT Awards

Rap-Up.com 12 May, 2021 - 04:00am

The Weeknd stormed the stage at the U.K.’s BRIT Awards.

The XO crooner delivered an electrifying performance of his chart-topping hit “Save Your Tears” on Tuesday’s show. Wearing a black Valentino poncho and hat that covered his face, he began his pre-taped set in an empty box in the middle of the desert as it started to rain. As the storm worsened, The Weeknd powered through while being drenched by the elements.

The 16-time Billboard Music Awards nominee also took home the award for International Male Solo Artist, presented by none other than Michelle Obama.

“He’s made himself into one of the biggest names in music,” said the former First Lady while also acknowledging Abel’s philanthropic efforts. “In a tough year, he’s provided a light that’s pretty blinding and given us all a reason to dance.”

The Weeknd accepted the award by acknowledging his international fan base including those in Ethiopia. “To my people in Ethiopia who are suffering, you are deep in my heart,” he said.

“Save Your Tears” is No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard Hot 100. He and Ariana Grande will perform the remix for the first time at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 27.

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Michelle Obama Praises The Weeknd For Shining A ‘Light’ In A Dark Time At The BRIT Awards

Hollywood Life 12 May, 2021 - 04:00am

It may be Tuesday, but everyone was feeling The Weeknd at the 2021 BRIT Awards. After rocking the Super Bowl Halftime Show, casting shade on The Grammys, and hinting that new music was on the horizon, the Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye, 31)  delivered a cinematic performance of “Save Your Tears” during the May 11 event. Starting off dressed in a black outfit fitting for the English weather (i.e. raincoat and giant hat), Abel began to sing in a featureless room that, once the camera pulled out, was…outside? This Weeknd stepped out and bathed in the thunderstorm as if the sky was crying.

But then, everyone was crying – because after The Weeknd performed, host Jack Whitehall brought out a special guest presenter to announce the winner of Best International Male Solo Artist: former First Lady Michelle Obama. Michelle praised the Weeknd and congratulated him on his hard work yielding some massive success. She also thanked him for “donating million to causes like COVID relief, and Black Lives Matters. He’s helped feed those displaced by violence in places like Ethiopia, he’s funded assistance to survivors of the explosion in Lebanon. So let’s just say in a tough year, he’s provided a light that’s pretty blinding and given us all a reason to dance.”

— fran (@quitvocaIs) May 11, 2021

When The Weeknd was announced as one of the 2021 BRIT Awards performers, it was a bit of a spoiler for the International Male Solo Artist category. The Weeknd was nominated along with a wide range of performers: Burna Boy, Tame Impala, Bruce Springsteen, and Childish Gambino (who released 3.15.20 last year, in case you forgot since the record flew relatively under the radar despite being met with critical acclaim.) However, it would be awkward if The Weeknd were to perform at the BRITs only for “The Boss” to take home the trophy – though, it wouldn’t be Abel’s first major snub of 2021.

That would be the Grammy Awards. After his After Hours album was shut out of the 2021 ceremony, The Weeknd went on a tear, accused the Recording Academy of being “corrupt” and claimed that they owed “me, my fans, and the industry transparency.” After a back-and-forth in the press between the Weeknd and interim recording Academy president Harvey Mason Jr., Abel said he would boycott the awards show from now on. “Because of the secret committees,” the Weeknd said, per The New York Times, “I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”

Well, on April 30, the Recording Academy announced changes to its nomination process. Instead of having nominations finalized by committees of 15-30 music industry “peers” representing their “genre communities,” the final pool of nominees for nearly all Grammy awards will be decided by a majority vote of Academy voting members. Despite this change, Abel isn’t ready to take the Grammys back. “Even though I won’t be submitting my music, the Grammys’ recent admission of corruption will hopefully be a positive move for the future of this plagued award,” he said in a statement to The New York Times, “and give the artist community the respect it deserves with a transparent voting process.”

The Weeknd may be more concerned with releasing new music than dealing with winning awards. If the last record is the after hours of the night,” he tweeted in early May, “then the dawn is coming.” These statements came after he hinted in late April that there is more music on the way. “Made so much magic in the small quarantined room … now just piecing it all together … it’s so beautiful.”

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Watch the Weeknd Perform ‘Save Your Tears’ at 2021 Brit Awards

Rolling Stone 12 May, 2021 - 04:00am

After Hours collaborator Oneohtrix Point Never joins singer for moody set

The Weeknd performed “Save Your Tears” during the 2021 Brit Awards in London on Tuesday. Appearing in a sparse three-walled room in a rainy, nighttime setting, the singer wore a raincoat as he reflected on a former love and the pain and tension that lingers.

After Hours collaborator Oneohtrix Point Never joined the Weeknd for the moody set. As they delivered “Save Your Tears,” a storm threatened to break loose and finally did as rain and lightning pelted the room they were in. The Weeknd stepped out into the rain for the finale.

Last month, the Weeknd teamed up with Ariana Grande for a remix of the song and dropped an accompanying animated video.

His appearance at the Brit Awards follows his recent criticisms and continued boycott of the Grammys after he was surprisingly shut out of nominations this year. Last month, the Recording Academy introduced a rule change ending its nomination-by-committee practice. “I think the industry and public alike need to see the transparent system truly at play for the win to be celebrated, but it’s an important start,” the Weeknd told Variety. “I remain uninterested in being a part of the Grammys, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not be submitting in the future.”

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