The Weeknd wasn’t anticipating an Emmy nomination for his Tremendous Bowl efficiency. Even nonetheless, the artist — additionally recognized by his actual identify Abel Tesfaye — is grateful for the “nice shock.”
The Emmy nod for Excellent Selection Particular is available in stark distinction to The Weeknd’s most up-to-date album After Hours — the most-streamed R&B album of all time — going unrecognized on the 2021 Grammy Awards. Simply weeks after it was introduced that he could be headlining the Pepsi Tremendous Bowl LV Halftime Present, The Weeknd was shockingly snubbed on the Grammys — a shutout that surprised followers and critics alike. The three-time Grammy Award winner publicly expressed his frustration on the Recording Academy, even going as far as to boycott the awards present.
However the performer has a brand new challenge that may very well be an awards contender — his newest album, The Daybreak, is being launched later this 12 months. He’s additionally spent a majority of his summer season backwards and forwards between the recording studio and the author’s room — that’s, for the event of his new HBO present in collaboration with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson.
“I don’t even know what winding down actually means,” Tesfaye stated of his work-life stability or lack thereof. “I like to work. I like my job. I like to create.”
Above all, The Weeknd misses performing for his followers. In regard to plans for an upcoming tour, Tesfaye is “curious to see how the 12 months unfolds” amid the uncertainty of the pandemic.
“I’m sort of simply residing within the second proper now,” he stated.
The Tremendous Bowl Halftime Present is without doubt one of the most watched performances on stay tv. Did you are feeling any stress going into such an enterprise?
Oh yeah, completely. Naturally. Simply the concept it’s the Tremendous Bowl alone, you realize, there was that stress. Then, having to regulate to what we’re coping with and making it a COVID-safe, COVID-free atmosphere. The silver lining was that we obtained to be very artistic and obtained to make it a cinematic journey — much less of a halftime present spectacle, extra of a story. So there was a silver lining in that, however we didn’t know what we have been getting ourselves into. We have been sort of blind, but it surely turned out nice.
Do you’ve gotten any favourite Tremendous Bowl halftime performances from the previous? Any influences that you simply pulled from?
Diana Ross’s efficiency is my favourite. Positively. It’s probably the most enjoyable and he or she simply appeared like she was having one of the best time.
Your efficiency generated lots of memes, particularly the one second once you’re transferring with the digicam in your hand. Did you see any of these?
Oh, I couldn’t escape it (Laughs). No, but it surely was enjoyable, although. I’m glad that we obtained some memorable moments from the Tremendous Bowl and, you realize, they’re recollections that we are able to look again at to a time that felt vital. Nevertheless it was enjoyable, I loved them.
This previous 12 months, you’ve been fairly open about your emotions in the direction of the Grammys and awards reveals, basically. How does it really feel to be acknowledged by the Emmys this 12 months?
It was undoubtedly sudden. I had no concept that it was even attainable to get nominated for an Emmy for the Tremendous Bowl, so I used to be very grateful. I came upon that they submitted for me, however I had no concept that you can submit. So, it was a pleasing shock.
With every new album, your sound all the time appears to be evolving. What’s that course of like for you?
It’s natural, however you realize, I don’t wish to drive it. If I’m having fun with a sound or I’m feeling one thing and it’s inspiring me, then I’ll keep in that world. I do attempt to change it up as a lot as I can, but it surely’s gotta really feel natural.
Pre-pandemic, you have been nicely established within the competition circuit, even headlining Coachella. Do you miss competition performing?
Oh my God, I simply miss performing basically, particularly this album. I didn’t get to actually carry out it to my followers. There’s simply one thing about occurring tour, and even occurring competition runs, and simply experiencing new music with the gang. Hopefully we get to try this.
Many concert events want to require vaccination for attendees. Do you suppose that’s one thing that you simply’ll comply with go well with in for upcoming excursions?
Positively. We’re simply sort of like everybody else. We’re curious to see how the 12 months unfolds, and it’s sort of a query mark. I’m sort of simply residing within the second proper now.
With new tasks continually coming down the pipeline, are you ever in a position to wind down and relaxation?
I really feel like Kathryn [his publicist] can reply that query. I don’t even know what winding down actually means, I simply love work, you realize. I like to work. I like my job. I like to create. And if I do take a trip, it could’t be for too lengthy as a result of I really feel like I’m lacking out on every little thing that I may very well be doing. So, yeah. I attempt my finest, however no, I haven’t shortly. I do staycations if that counts.
Are you able to inform me about your new album The Daybreak and upcoming tasks?
Yeah, I’m ending the brand new album proper now. It needs to be achieved by the top of this month and we’re simply sort of determining when to place it out. It’s been actually cool as a result of I’m engaged on this album this summer season concurrently with the author’s room for the brand new TV present. So, I’ve been sort of going backwards and forwards from ending the album and pending up the present that we’re going to start out capturing quickly. It’s been fairly a summer season.
Any cool collaborations that you simply’re excited to debut?
I plead the fifth on that one (Laughs).
Interview edited for size and readability.