Abels work

One of The Weeknd’s earlier mixtapes that was re-released as 2012’s Trilogy, which became a platinum-selling record for the young artist. Even though his popularity was growing, he managed to hide himself from the public. The Weeknd refused interviews for a long time. Abel chose to use images of women for his 2013 album, Kiss Land, rather than pictures of himself. Some of the attitude he built around himself was intentional. The attitude he created had also reflected the shyness and insecurities that troubled him early in his career.

In addition to his own work, the Weeknd collaborated with other artists. He appeared on Wiz Khalifa’s “Remember You” in 2012 and worked with Rick Ross on his 2014 album, Mastermind. That same year, the Weeknd helped producer Max Martin with Ariana Grande’s hit “Love Me Harder,” and also scored success with “Earned It,” the first single released from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

In 2015, Abel continued to rise to the top with the number 1 album Beauty Behind the Madness. His disco-pop infused single “Can’t Feel My Face,” became for many the unofficial song of the summer, while his ballad “The Hills” also made quite an impression on music fans. 

This well-received record helped the Weeknd rack up an impressive seven nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards. Able went on to win Best R&B Performance for "Earned It" and Best Urban Contemporary Album. He also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, also for "Earned It."