The Weeknd

Starting off his career anonymously, The Weeknd first broke into the music scene with his 2011 mixtape House of Balloons. Two years later, after signing to Republic Records, he compiled, remixed, and remastered versions of his 2011 mixtapes—including Thursday, Echoes of Silence, and three previously-unreleased songs—to form Trilogy. The Toronto singer/songwriter went on to release his 2013 debut studio album, Kiss Land, and the widely recognized Beauty Behind the Madness, which earned him two GRAMMY Awards in 2015. “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” even garnered The Weeknd his first ever Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Late last year, The Weeknd released his fourth full-length album Starboy, which quickly rose to No. 1 in 90 countries and broke the global streaming record all in less than one week.