The man behind the greatness is actually called Abel Tesfaye, a Candian singer, and songwriter. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd, was born in Toronto, Ontario on February 16th, 1990 to Ethiopian parents who had immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. He grew up listening to Michael Jackson and (probably not a coincidence) went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed artists of this generation.
He first caught the public eye in 2010 with his critically acclaimed mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. His debut studio album Kiss Land was released on September 10th, 2013, followed by his second album Beauty Behind the Madness on August 28th, 2015. With a total of 9 Grammies (both laureate and nominations), worldwide recognition, and years of studying drama behind him, this is no doubt one of the most interesting artists of this era.
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