What happened to The Weeknd's face at the AMAs?

Fans were worried about The Weeknd's face at the AMAs last night as it was covered in bandages

The Weeknd performing on SNL 2020
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It looked like The Weeknd literally couldn't feel his face last night as the star turned up to the 2020 AMAs with bruised eyes and bandages around his face. But fear not, he was in character. 

So what actually happened to The Weeknd's face at the AMAs? 

Viewers were concerned as the Canadian singer, who won the American Music Award for Favourite Album - Soul/R&B, turned up on stage to accept his award in a worrying state. However, as fans will know, the bloodied face is all apart of the aesthetic for his album, After Hours. 

Despite what it looked like, The Weeknd's wasn't injured at all. He was just dressed like the persona he adopted for his album - the same look we see on the cover and in his short films for 'Blinding Lights' and 'After Hours'. 

In fact, the message he was sending was a positive one. He was warning people off drunk driving by visibly showing what it can end in: a bruised body at the best of times. 

The singer, who sported a similar look for his performance at the VMAs in August, explained the concept behind his music and the visuals in an interview with Esquire earlier this year. 

"'Blinding Lights' [is about] how you want to see someone at night, and you’re intoxicated, and you’re driving to this person and you’re just blinded by streetlights. But nothing could stop you from trying to go see that person, because you’re so lonely," he told the magazine. "I don’t want to ever promote drunk driving, but that’s what the dark undertone is.”

So there you have it, no casualties just an artistic display! 

During his acceptance speech at the awards ceremony, The Weeknd paid tribute to Prince, dedicating his win to the late musical legend. "Last time I received this award, it was given to me by the late great Prince," he reminisced. "And you know, he’s the reason I get to constantly challenge the genre of R&B, and I’d like to dedicate this award to him. Thank you."