Artist of the Year 2015

WINNER

The Weeknd

Category:

Artist of the Year

Year:

2015

Label:

The Weeknd XO*Universal

Abel Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian recording artist and record producer whose career began in late 2010, when Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd”. He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. The following year, he released a compilation album, Trilogy, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. It was released under Republic Records and his own label XO. In 2013, he released his debut studio album Kiss Land, which was supported by the singles “Kiss Land”, and “Live For”. He is most notably recognized in 2014 for his duet with Ariana Grande on the single “Love Me Harder”, which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, his first top ten single on the chart to date