The Weeknd appeared on the 2020 American Music Awards with his face in bandages.
— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 23, 2020
He performed “Save Your Tears” and “In Your Eyes” with Kenny G with the bandages in place.
— Pop Crave (@PopCraveMusic) November 23, 2020
Some fans expressed concern, and others joked about the look.
— laura (@zeugirdorarual) November 23, 2020
His bloodied faces a warning against drunk driving.
For everyone who’s wondering, The Weeknd’s face looks bloody & messed up on SNL because he’s promoting his new short film “After Hours”, which precedes his new album of the same name. He wears the same bloody makeup & bandage in the After Hours clip.
— Rebecca Lodahl (@BeccaLodahl) March 8, 2020
He told Esquire earlier this year, his After Hours song “‘Blinding Lights’ [is about] how you want to see someone at night, and you’re intoxicated, and you’re driving to this person and you’re just blinded by streetlights. But nothing could stop you from trying to go see that person, because you’re so lonely. I don’t want to ever promote drunk driving, but that’s what the dark undertone is.”