The Weeknd Sets Historic Billboard Hot 100 Milestone with “Blinding Lights”

The Weeknd performs during the half time show at Super Bowl LV.
The Weeknd performs during the half time show at Super Bowl LV. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Shutterstock (11750081k)

The Weeknd won’t be in the running for any Grammys this Sunday, but that doesn’t take away from the enormous triumph of his album After Hours. A year after its release, this record is still making waves, and its hit single “Blinding Lights” just set a major Billboard Hot 100 milestone.

After coming in third on this week’s Hot 100 chart, “Blinding Lights” logged its 52nd week in the top 10, becoming the first song in history to do so. It broke the record for the most time logged in this region, in addition to spending 43 weeks in the top five.

The Weeknd’s latest chart surge comes shortly after his recent Super Bowl halftime show performance, but this popularity didn’t translate to any Grammy nominations. The Recording Academy received a lot of backlash for giving him zero nominations this year, and he discussed the controversial snub in a recent interview with Billboard.

“I definitely felt … things. I don’t know if it was sadness or anger. I think it was just confusion. I just wanted answers… I’m not a cocky person. I’m not arrogant. People told me I was going to get nominated. The world told me, like, ‘This is it; this is your year.’ We were all very confused,” explained the Canadian singer.