The Weeknd donates $1million to his place of origin's coronavirus relief

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The Weeknd has given very generous donations this month.

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The Weeknd has given a generous $1million to MusiCares and to the frontline workers of his hometown, in Canada.

The Weeknd has donated a whopping $1million (£800,000) to coronavirus relief efforts.

About Weeknd
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known professionally as The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He began his recording career in 2010, anonymously uploading several songs to YouTube. A year later, The Weeknd released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, and quickly earned a following and critical recognition from several mainstream publications due to his dark style of R&B and the mystique surrounding his identity.In 2012, The Weeknd signed with Republic Records, and re-released the mixtapes as part of the compilation album Trilogy (2012). His debut studio album, Kiss Land, was released in 2013. He followed the album with Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), which was among the best-selling albums of 2015. Containing the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”, Beauty Behind the Madness won Best Urban Contemporary Album and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards. The Weeknd’s third album Starboy (2016) was a similar commercial success and included the number-one single of the same name, while it also won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. His fourth album, After Hours (2020), featured the number-one singles “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”.The Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, nine Juno Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. He holds several chart records, being the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart with “Can’t Feel My Face”, “Earned It”, and “The Hills”. One of the most successful Canadian recording artists, The Weeknd was awarded the Allan Slaight Award by Canada’s Walk of Fame for “making a positive impact in the fields of music, film, literature, visual or performing arts, sports, innovation or philanthropy”.

The Weeknd donates $1million to his hometown's coronavirus relief

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The huge donation was split between giving $500,000 (£400,000) to music charity MusiCares and the remaining half a million dollars went to the frontline hospital workers of Scarborough Health Network in the Canadian star’s hometown of Toronto.

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The Weeknd donates $1million to his hometown's coronavirus relief

The money was raised from selling personalised XO face masks online, where he matched every dollar raised.

The ‘In Your Eyes’ star, real name Abel Tesfaye, said in a statement: “I was raised in Scarborough and felt it was important to give back to the community that raised me during the hard times of this pandemic.”

This comes after he joined fellow collaborator Drake in donating $100,000 to the National Bail Out, earlier this month.

The 30-year-old also donated another $400,000 (£325,000) to other BLM organisations including $200,000 (£163,000) to The Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative and $200,000 to the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

The Scarborough Health Network (SHN) president and CEO Elizabeth Buller said they were ‘fortunate’ to have the singer helping them, saying: “Our vibrant and diverse community represents the best of Canada, and we are fortunate to have ambassadors like The Weeknd in our corner.

“This gift will help our community hospitals continue to deliver exceptional care for the people of Scarborough in the wake of COVID-19, and demonstrates to our courageous staff and physicians that their critical work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.”

The Weeknd sold XO face masks to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts.

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Dr. Elaine Yeung, Corporate Chief and Medical Director, Medicine, added: “Like The Weeknd, many of my fellow frontline workers either come from Scarborough or call this community home.

“It is amazing to see one of our own on the world stage, giving back during our community’s time of need; generous support like this inspires us to keep going.

“This gift represents Scarborough’s incredible spirit and collective passion for shaping a brighter, healthier future.”

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