The song, which was also the subject of a viral challenge for the TikTok dance, was performed by The Weeknd as the show’s opening number, from the roof of Edge NYC, New York.
While hundreds of fans praised the performance itself, some VMA viewers were previously confused by the appearance of The Weeknd.
A promotional photo showed him with a bloody nose, a cut lip and black eyes.
“Why does the week look like he was hit in the face ??? can anyone explain? “a viewer tweets.
For those who weren’t aware, The Weeknd’s appearance was the result of the makeup he first used for the visuals that accompanied his latest album, In hours.
In the official, already award-winning Dazzling Lights video, he looks bruised and bloodied as he staggers around almost empty Las Vegas.
Read The independents Review of In hours here.
The Weeknd used its speech to accept the award to highlight police brutality against blacks in the United States, commenting: “It’s really hard for me to celebrate right now and enjoy this moment, so I’ll just say, justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breona Taylor. “