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‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker The Weeknd finally retires his red suit

The Weeknd officially hang up his red suit at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.

The 31-year-old superstar – who took home 10 prizes – stepped out at the awards show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (23.05.21) sporting a lengthy black coat and trousers by Bottega Veneta, complete with a white shirt and grey tie.

Although he wore a raincoat and Valentino hat for his remote BRIT Awards performance earlier this month, it marked the first time the ‘Save Your Tears’ hitmaker – whose real name is Abel Tesfaye – sported a different ensemble to his ‘After Hours’ era look to an in-person ceremony.

At the end of his acceptance speech for Top Hot 100 Artist, The Weeknd declared: “I’d like to thank God I don’t have to wear that red suit anymore.”

His red suit for his fourth studio album was complete with gloves and a face bandage.

The ‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker wore the costume for his Super Bowl halftime performance, the MTV Video Music Awards and the AMAs.

The Weeknd – who has also appeared with face prosthetics – explained how the bandages reflect the absurdity of celebrities, who get plastic surgery and manipulate their appearance for validation.

He said: “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.

“It’s all a progression and we watch The Character’s storyline hit heightened levels of danger and absurdity as his tale goes on.”

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The Weeknd – who was snubbed by the Grammys earlier this year – was also named Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist and Top R&B Male Artist.

Mega-hit ‘Blinding Lights’ claimed the Top Hot 100 Song, Top Radio Song and Top R&B Song prizes, and his album ‘After Hours’ was crowned Top R&B Album.

While accepting the biggest accolade of the night, Top Artist, The Weeknd said: “I do not take this for granted. Thank you.”

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