Don't Worry, There’s a Reason The Weeknd Had a Bandaged Face at the AMAs

Mehera Bonner
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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

The Weeknd won Favorite Soul/R&B Album at the 2020 American Music Awards, and you might have been slightly shocked when he wandered on stage with his face covered in bandages.

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

Before you spiral, The Weeknd is not injured. A bloodied and/or injured face is part of his promotional look for After Hours—and it's hardly the first time we've seen it. The Weeknd has face injuries in the video for "Blinding Lights," and he also wore bloody face makeup for an SNL performance, and during the VMAs. So nope, this is not new.

“‘Blinding Lights’ [is about] how you want to see someone at night, and you’re intoxicated, and you’re driving to this person and you’re just blinded by streetlights,” Abel said in an Esquire September cover story. “But nothing could stop you from trying to go see that person, because you’re so lonely. I don’t want to ever promote drunk driving, but that’s what the dark undertone is.”

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