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The Weeknd’s 'Starboy' Video Gets MTV EMA ‘Best Video’ Nomination Before It’s Actually Been Released

The Weeknd just picked up an MTV EMA ‘Best Video’ nomination for his unreleased “Starboy” video.

Tomorrow, The Weeknd will release a video for his and Daft Punk’s new song, the title track off Abel Tesfaye’s forthcoming Amharic-influenced Starboy album. The video, we now know, is directed by frequent Weeknd collaborator Grant Singer.


To be clear, it’s not out yet. But that didn’t stop MTV from nominating it for “Best Video” at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs), coming up Sunday, November 6th, in Rotterdam.

“Starboy” is nominated right alongside Beyoncé (“Formation”), Coldplay (“Up&Up”), Kanye West (“Famous”) and Tame Impala (“The Less I Know the Better”).

Interestingly, the MTV EMAs rely on popular vote.

“As always, MTV is relying on the fans to pick the winners of each category so make sure you let us know who deserves to win by voting!” the broadcaster points out on their website.

So yes, that means MTV is encouraging fans to vote, or not vote, for a video they’ve not yet seen. Are they using some sort of trust system?

Starboy the album is out November 25. Stay tuned for more news on “Starboy” the video.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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