The Weekend delivered a rather interest Super Bowl Halftime Show performance complete with an army of dancers with their faces covered in bandages.
In case you missed it, last week The Weeknd finally revealed the meaning behind his mysterious medical-inspired yearlong getup for his album ‘After Hours.’
Since he began promoting his album, the star has worn an outfit complete with a red blazer, black leather gloves and, most notably, the Grammy-winner sported artificial bruising on his face to major events and red carpets. The Weeknd then kicked things up a notch when he wore a fully bandaged face to the 2020 American Music Awards.
“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,” he told Variety ahead of his Super Bowl performance. “It’s all a progression and we watch the character’s storyline hit heightened levels of danger and absurdity as his tale goes on.”
One of the most memorable of his heightened moments was when The Weeknd (né Abel Tesfaye), 30, finally unmasked in January to unveil a prosthetically-enhanced version of himself that had been completely transformed after an imaginary plastic surgery.
“I suppose you could take that being attractive isn’t important to me but a compelling narrative is,” The Weeknd told Variety.
Wearing a sparkly red blazer, with black slacks and wingtip shoes, Tesfaye was backed at first by a large choir clad in white robes and lit-up face masks. The choir’s stands looked like a cityscape and appeared at the top of the Tampa, Florida, stadium.
He kicked off the performance with “Starboy,” before segueing into his single “The Hills.” At the end of the show, Tesfaye joined face-bandaged dancers standing on the NFL logo at centerfield to perform “Blinding Lights” to conclude the performance that had the crowd cheering and singing along.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs are facing off at Super Bowl LV on Sunday in Tampa. The game is airing on CBS.
We would like to know — with an ‘After Hours’ tour announced for 2022, will The Weeknd be carrying on this bandage act for another year? We hope not.