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Black makeup MTV VMAs: Why did The Weeknd have a bloody face for his performance of ‘Blinding Lights’?


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Black makeup MTV VMAs: Why did The Weeknd have a bloody face for his performance of ‘Blinding Lights’?

The song, which also became the subject of a viral TikTok dance challenge, was performed by The Weeknd as the show’s opening number, from the roof of Edge NYC, in New York. While hundreds of fans praised the performance itself, earlier some VMAs viewers had been confused by The Weeknd’s appearance. A promotional picture showed…

Black makeup MTV VMAs: Why did The Weeknd have a bloody face for his performance of ‘Blinding Lights’?

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The song, which also became the subject of a viral TikTok dance difficulty, was performed by The Weeknd as the show’s opening number, from the roofing system of Edge NYC, in New York City

While numerous fans applauded the efficiency itself, earlier some VMAs audiences had been puzzled by The Weeknd’s appearance.

A promotional photo revealed him with a bloodied nose, cut lip and shiners.

” Why does the weeknd appear like he’s been punched in the face??? can somebody discuss?” one audience tweeted.

” What the hell happened to The Weeknd’s face?” another composed.

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For those who weren’t mindful, The Weeknd’s look is the result of makeup, which he initially utilized for the visuals accompanying his latest album, After Hours.

black makeup The Weeknd performs at Edge at Hudson Yards for the 2src2src MTV Video Music Awards
The Weeknd performs at Edge at Hudson Yards for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards( Getty Images for MTV)

In the authorities, now-award-winning video for “Blinding Lights”, he appears bruised and bloodied while staggering around a virtually empty Las Vegas.

Also at the virtual MTV VMAs, Woman Gaga took house 5 awards, including Finest Song, Artist of the Year, and Best Partnership.

Read The Independent’s review of After Hours here

The Weeknd used his award approval speech to highlight police cruelty against black people in the United States, commenting: “It’s actually tough for me to celebrate right now and enjoy this minute, so, I’m just going to say, justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breonna Taylor.”

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