The Weeknd has been getting his flowers lately. Before he invades Tampa, Florida to perform at Super Bowl LV, his hometown of Toronto in Ontario, Canada decided to give him a huge honor.
On Sunday morning (Feb. 7), Mayor John Tory proclaimed that Feb. 7 will forever be known as “The Weeknd Day” in Toronto. In a statement he posted to Twitter, Tory praises the “The Hills” singer’s accomplishments around the world. He also notes that The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, is the first Canadian to headline a solo halftime show and the third Canadian to hit the stage in the Super Bowl’s history.
The proclamation from his hometown couldn’t have come at a better time in his career. Prior to securing his headlining performance at the Super Bowl, The Weeknd had one of the most successful records of 2020 with “Blinding Lights,” which comes from his After Hours album. Although the pandemic is still plaguing the world, the Canadian singer also recently announced his plans to finally embark on his “After Hours Tour” in 2022.
Despite the international praise he’s received lately, The Weeknd still hasn’t heard a word from The Recording Academy, which did not nominate him for a Grammy this year. After Grammy nominations were announced back in November, the Toronto native dismissed the award show overall and called them “corrupt.” For Billboard’s recent cover story, The Weeknd elaborated further.
“Look, I personally don’t care anymore,” The Weeknd explained. “I have three Grammys which mean nothing to me now, obviously. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I want the Grammy!’ It’s just that this happened, and I’m down to get in front of the fire as long as it never happens again. I suck at giving speeches anyways. Forget awards shows.”
Watch The Weeknd perform live at Super Bowl LV tonight after 8 p.m.