- 06 Jan 21
“I broke your heart like someone did to mine / And now you won’t love me for a second time,” he sings before he throws an award away, which fans claim is a reference to his recent Grammys snub.
The Canadian R&B artist continues the storyline set out by previous videos from his After Hours album in the clip, which sees him performing for a creepy audience at a masquerade ball.
While recent performances have seen The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) sporting bandages, the new video reveals the grotesque results of reconstructive surgery.
Fans suggest that the mask-wearing audience in the 'Save Your Tears' video are pointing to the superficiality of music awards shows.
The singer failed to secure a single nomination at this year’s Grammy awards - despite 'Blinding Lights' becoming one of the most streamed songs of 2020 - with both Drake and Elton John questioning the singer’s absence.
He is also seen holding a gold trophy at the 1:50 mark in the video.
Before 2020 ended, The Weeknd implied that last year’s events have influenced his new music: “I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road … The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have and closeness with the people near me.”
Watch the 'Save Your Tears' visual below: