The annual 2021 Super Bowl concluded last night, and all anyone can talk about is The Weeknd's half-time performance.
But rumors regarding his wage for the show have been circulating because, as it turns out, he did something that is typically unheard of...
The star put an eye-watering sum of his own money into the show.
Bizarre, I know.
Keep scrolling to find out why...
Now, many of us weren't too surprised when it was announced that The Weeknd would be performing at this year's Super Bowl.
Though the R&B artist, real name Abel Tesfaye, has been releasing music for over a decade, this past year he has risen to unprecedented levels of fame.
And there's one track that he can probably thank for that...
"'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," the singer told Esquire.
"But nothing could stop you from trying to go see that person, because you’re so lonely. I don’t want to ever promote drunk driving, but that’s what the dark undertone is."
"Blinding Lights" arguably became the anthem of 2020, and the rest of his album, After Hours, was just as remarkable.
But while many of us hoped his bizarre, bandaged new look would just be an "aesthetic" for the album...
It seemed to go on for a surprisingly long time.
But eventually, we were graced with his new "post-surgery" look in his latest music video "Save Your Tears."
Which, of course, created a total social media fire storm.
Many were speculating whether or not it was real surgery or just prosthetics...
Either way, it was a pretty disturbing look.
Here's a close-up.
Let's just say, we were all left speechless seeing him like this.
But after all the backlash, the singer came out to explain the thought process behind his new face in an interview with Jem Aswad at Variety.
"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."
And, when asked what can be taken from him "making his face increasingly unattractive while promoting his biggest album"...
He simply replied:
"I suppose you could take that being attractive isn't important to me but a compelling narrative is."
"Sometimes you appear in photos or on TV and videos in character, sometimes not. Why?" She continues.
"Why not play with the character and the artist and let those lines blur and move around?"
So upon receiving that confirmation, we were so excited to see what he was going to do at yesterday's big event...
Since it was announced that the singer would be playing the half-time show at the Super Bowl, millions were left speculating as to what exactly the musician had in store for us.
Leading up to the big night, we already had some spoilers about the anticipated performance...
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the show's producer, Jesse Collins said this ahead of the big game:
"It's all happening in that stadium, in that moment. We're not bouncing off to another stadium and then cutting in, like some people have had to do (before). We are fortunate enough in this situation that we are able to do a live, live show."
"It's gotta be about entertainment from a truthful perspective. Get away from the massive sets, all the hoopla, the flying this and that. And get to the core of what makes an artist special."
He also added this:
"We started creating this thing back in September, and the message of it really worked out. The world worked out for the message that The Weeknd wants to communicate in this performance… It's definitely a very special show."
Well, special was definitely correct...
Because The Weeknd's performance was nothing short of spectacular.
The way The Weeknd used to be homeless in Canada, became a unknown artist who never shown his face and let his music speak for him now he's out here Performing @ the #SuperBowl I'm really emotional rn, im so proud of him 😭 🥺 pic.twitter.com/wMwBuVwvQ3— 🌙✨ (@newmoondroptea) February 8, 2021
the weeknd’s halftime show was easily the best since bruno mars, maybe better. awesome performance and i loved the choir more than i thought i would went i saw them at first. camera work was also pretty nice 😎 #SuperBowl #TheWeeknd #HalftimeShow2021 pic.twitter.com/KnyruaoYmw— Conner Close (@connerclose_) February 8, 2021
#TheWeeknd did a fantastic job I loved it so much and he was so happy to perform there I could see in his eyes he really missed performing he didn’t sing in her eyes I guess he has so many hit songs that I love time wouldn’t be enough. But great show well deserved♥️♥️ #SuperBowl— sellysugar (@Mostcelebrity) February 8, 2021
have u SEEN #TheWeeknd at the superbowl halftime show tonight?! that shit was FIREE!!!!— 𝐿eana (@arisw4stside) February 8, 2021
But now, in the aftermath of the performance...
A new rumor has started circulating online.
Now, we all know that, like all Super Bowl half-time performers, The Weeknd didn't get paid for the show.
Per league policy, the NFL covers all costs related to the production of the halftime show, but the performers don't take home a paycheck.
But it has since been confirmed that the musician put an eye-watering sum of his own money into the show.
Yep, despite major sponsors and the NFL normally footing the bill, The Weeknd chipped in around $7 million of his own money to "make this halftime show be what he envisioned."
If that isn't dedication, I don't know what is.
You can watch his full performance above.