The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is grateful for the "pleasant surprise" of an Emmy nomination, reported The Hollywood Reporter. The nomination is for Outstanding Variety Special for his Super Bowl performance.
When Tesfaye was asked if he felt pressure going into that performance, he said:
"Oh yeah, absolutely. Naturally. Just the idea that it’s the Super Bowl alone, you know, there was that pressure. Then, having to adjust to what we’re dealing with and making it a COVID-safe, COVID-free environment."
The Emmy nomination is in contrast to his album After Hours going unrecognized at the 2021 Grammy Awards, regardless of it being the most-streamed R&B album of all time. The artist, who is a three-time Grammy Award winner, expressed his frustrations publicly and even boycotted the show.
Tesfaye now has a new album that will be released later this year. Fans are speculating that it'll be called The Dawn Is Coming. "I don't even know what winding down really means. I love to work. I love my job. I love to create," The Weeknd said. "I'm kind of just living in the moment right now."
Tesfaye discussed his upcoming album. He said:
"Yeah, I’m finishing the new album right now. It should be done by the end of this month and we’re just kind of figuring out when to put it out. It’s been really cool because I’m working on this album this summer simultaneously with the writer’s room for the new TV show. So, I’ve been kind of going back and forth from finishing the album and pending up the show that we’re going to start shooting soon. It’s been quite a summer."
Tesfaye jokingly addressed some upcoming "cool collaborations." He said while laughing, "I plead the fifth on that one."