Considering the near-satirical hellscape that was 2020, it wasn’t entirely outside of the realms of possibility that Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd, could reinvent his bone structure. That he could re-emerge from an aesthetician’s office with a face inspired by the facial proportions of Jocelyn Wildenstein, or Kylie Jenner, or even his ex-girlfriend, supermodel Bella Hadid.

But at The Weeknd’s Super Bowl half-time performance, his appearance reverted back to its pre-2020 normalcy. Only his backing dancers were wrapped in head bandages (a move which felt more of a creative approach to COVID face covering requirements, than an extension of Tesfaye’s ‘narrative’). Some fans have been left confused about the motivation behind his ‘performance art.’

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