The Weeknd Superbowl Performance Reactions

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The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye,  followed in the footsteps of his idols such as Michael Jackson and Prince by performing at the halftime show for the ultra popular Superbowl.


Ahead of the Super Bowl, The Weeknd told Variety, “The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated.”


In the interview with Variety, Tesfaye said that he drew inspiration from Diana Ross’s performance at the Super Bowl XXX halftime show in 1996. “She’s just so glamorous and the show just makes me smile,” he said. “And she has a great exit with the helicopter—it lands in the middle of the field, she grabs onto it and flies off into the clouds, it’s like… I wish I could have done that, I wish I’d thought of it. Although I don’t think I have enough money to do it!”

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