The Weeknd won the coveted Best Male R&B/Pop Artist award at the BET Awards 2022, the first win for him in the category after being nominated six previous times.
It’s been an amazing year for the Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer and songwriter. He started 2022 off by releasing his sixth album, Dawn FM. It gave fans 16 new songs and contributions from collaborators like Lil Wayne, Tyler, the Creator, and Quincy Jones, among others. And while it failed to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (beaten out by Gunna’s DS4EVER), it did accomplish something big for him.
He also passed Justin Bieber with the most monthly listeners on Spotify in January. He had 85,667,564 monthly listeners on the app, giving The Weeknd the most for any artist. The streak was one Bieber had held since last spring.
The Weeknd, whose birth name is Abel Tesfaye, competed against Blxst, Chris Brown, Giveon, Lucky Daye, Wizkid and Yung Bleu for the award.
His last BET Awards win was in 2015 when he won the Centric Award (now the BET Her Award) for his son “Earned It.”