Music’s Biggest Night always brings out the stars, but this year, it also brought out the “Starboy.”
Introduced by Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson, The Weeknd was joined by Daft Punk during an ice-cold performance of their Starboy collaborations.
Emerging from a cloud of smoke in all black to the “Starboy” intro, the trio then jumped into “I Feel It Coming,” standing on ice sculpture platforms with visuals of the Northern Lights behind them.
The Starboy collaborations with Daft Punk were crafted during an efficient trip to Paris. “I came into the session and Thomas and Guy-Man had already started a track, which was ‘I Feel It Coming,’ which was just the music,” Abel said. “It was one of the tracks they were playing for me and I was freestyle over it and trying to find a vibe with it.
“I was writing the lyrics to ‘I Feel It Coming’ and then probably finished it in about an hour,” he continued. “Went into the booth and started recording it. Guy-Man and Thomas were kind of directing me. They want it to sound as authentic as possible, as retro as possible. And while I’m recording, through the talkback I can hear some sort of feedback, sort of drum loop, every time Thomas is like ‘OK, next take.’ So I’m like, what the fuck is that? What is that sound? So I walk in and it’s Guy-Man on his phone, on his laptop or something, and it’s the drums of ‘Starboy.’ We’re like, ‘What is that?’ He’s like, ‘It’s just something on my phone,’ and I’m like, ‘Put that shit on the fucking speakers, let me hear that.’ And it’s just this crazy monstrous loop, so I put ‘I Feel It Coming’ to the side. I’m like, ‘I’m writing this.’ Literally wrote ‘Starboy’ in 30 minutes.”