The Weeknd used to really struggle with performance anxiety. He says, quote, “I’m not up there lip-syncing. I don’t have back-up dancers, I don’t have crazy [stuff] going on. It’s all about me and the microphone.
“I used to get on stage drunk [because] of nerves . . . [but] you have to fight the nerves. You have to fight [being scared]. That’s something I had to do and once I did, I feel like people are more nervous to see me than I am to see them.”