The Weeknd started his career in 2010 and is a successful Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. After anonymously uploading several songs to YouTube, The Weeknd released a series of mixtapes which allowed him to acquire a large following and critical recognition from several mainstream publications. These notorieties and his elusive mystique within the music industry provided fuel for his engine of success. In 2012, the Weeknd signed with Republic Records, and re-released his mixtapes in an album. Later in 2013, he debuted a studio album. After his studio debut, he released another album in 2015 which was among the best-selling albums of 2015 and contained two of the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards.The Weeknd's third album won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Among other successes, The Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, nine Juno Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Additionally, he was the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. With more than 75 million records sold worlwide, The Weeknd is one of the most successful Canadian recording artists of all time.