Elton John Compares The Weeknd To Prince

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At the Billboard Awards in 2016, The Weeknd gave appreciation to the iconic, Prince, when he received his award. “I want to dedicate this award to the late great Prince. Rest in peace,” The Weeknd said. “I was told not long ago that on his last TV appearance he had given me an award and that was the greatest experience of my entire life.”

Now as apart of Time Magazine, in a tribute written by legendary singer Elton John, wrote a message appreciating The Weeknd. He said the singer is “incredible imagination” and laconic personality, hailing “Blinding Lights” as “2020’s best pop single.”

“This year, I met Abel Tesfaye, who performs as the Weeknd, at an Oscars party,” he wrote. “He said I would be excited when I heard his new album, After Hours, but didn’t tell me why. That seemed to sum him up. He’s a mysterious figure in an era when mystery is rare in pop.”

He praised the Toronto singer’s versatility, willingness to experiment, and ability to translate that experimentation into commercial success, comparing him to Prince.

“He has so many different types of music tucked up his sleeve that he incorporates into his vision. He’s not interested in commerciality for commerciality’s sake, but he’s one of the biggest-streaming artists on Spotify,” John’s piece read. “Like Prince, he marches to his own beat. That’s an exemplary way for an artist to be.”

The singer celebrated the news on Instagram, thanking John for his words.

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thank you Elton ❤️

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