As anticipated, The Weeknd didn’t disappoint when he opened Sunday’s MTV VMAs. Clad in his now-signature red-and-black go well with, a bloodied and bruised The Weeknd carried out his hit “Blinding Lights” from over 1,000 ft above Manhattan on the remark deck of Edge at Hudson Yards.
The song is about drunk driving, and in a current interview with Esquire, The Weeknd defined, “‘Blinding Lights’ [is about] the way you need to see somebody at evening, and also you’re intoxicated, and also you’re driving to this individual and also you’re simply blinded by streetlights, however nothing may cease you from attempting to go see that individual, since you’re so lonely. I do not need to ever promote drunk driving, however that is what the darkish undertone is.”
It is a huge evening for The Weeknd, who scored six nominations at this yr’s ceremony, together with artist of the yr and greatest R&B for “Blinding Lights.” It additionally marked his second time performing at the present following his fiery debut in 2015.