The Weeknd Wins Favorite R&B Artist at 2016 People’s Choice Awards
Hip-hop and R&B didn't get much airtime at the 2016 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night (Jan. 6) -- unless the stage crasher promoting Kevin Gates' Islah album counts -- but that doesn't mean some big names in the respective genres didn't take home a win. The Weeknd scored a top honor by earning the award for Favorite R&B Artist.
The high-pitched singer was among a talented pool of nominees including Chris Brown, Ciara, Janet Jackson and Ne-Yo. Aside from earning that accolade, his track "Can't Feel My Face" was nominated for Favorite Song and his sophomore album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was up for Favorite Album.
His opus was certainly deserving of the win after debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 412,000 units sold -- 326,000 copies sold in its first week, with the remainder reflecting streaming activity and track sales.
"Can't Feel My Face," an ode to bae's numbing effects, has scored two 2016 Grammy Awards nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. But the effort isn't his only work from his latest LP to find recognition. "Earned It" and "The Hills," along with "Can't Feel My Face," simultaneously held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart in July, which made the Weeknd the first artist in history to achieve the feat.
When it comes to new music, Abel Tesfaye linked up with Travi$ Scott to release the celebratory banger "Wonderful" on one of the biggest party nights of the year: New Year's Eve. "Oh my what a wonderful time, been a minute since I pulled up outside / Shut it down, yeah, we do that every time," the Toronto native sings. A fitting record to welcome 2016.
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