Made In America 2015: The Weeknd Will Leave You In A Glass Case Of Emotion

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On the final night of Budweiser and Jay Z’s Made In America Festival (Sept. 6), The Weeknd closed out the two-day music affair with a mostly no-frills set. Except the part where he set off a fireworks spectacular during the first half of his show. Still, it was just Weeknd, the mic, that hair and his cult following running through high notes in the name of XO.

The King of Fall, born Abel Tesfaye, soundtracked the end of summer a with healthy mix of his older deep cuts from his debut Kiss Land but got the most kick from the crowd with his mainstream jams, “Often,” “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” It marked the most lit of celebrations for the Weeknd, whose sophomore LP Beauty Behind The Madness debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, pushing 415,000 units in the week after its Aug. 28 release.

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Witnessing The Weeknd in action may surprise you. The shrill, tiny voice that partially inspired the sound for Drake’s emo offering Take Care is now a pop star in his own right. Even through his interactions with the crowd, his gentle prodding to turn up almost makes you LOL because he’s so soft spoken (like the original King of Pop, Michael Jackson). Yet he treats the stage like a Moon Bounce, jumping from side-to-side in his usual non-black, multi-layered attire.

laying in bed ’cause i earned it. #madeinamerica a wrap?🏼?love me some you, philly.

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Despite the glossy sheen surrounding his distinct crown of ‘locs as he performed, it was obvs he wasn’t sweating his success. This is the moment he’s been pining for since floating on his 2011 House of Balloons. Just watch when he nails the riffs on the 50 Shades of Grey hit “Earned It,” rides the the Kanye West beat for “Tell Your Friends” or gets crunk off his own rendition of “Drunk In Love” by fellow MIA Fest headliner, Beyoncé. This Canadian boy has earned it.