The Weeknd picked for cover of Time magazine's 'Next Generation Leaders'
Recording artist The Weeknd performs at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 20167at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on October 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Scott Roth
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 3:22PM EDT
TORONTO -- Canadian R&B superstar the Weeknd is among the celebrities gracing the cover of Time magazine's "Next Generation Leaders" edition.
The singer, born Abel Tesfaye, joins a list of 10 activists, artists and athletes who the publication chose as influential cultural figures.
Tesfaye shared the cover on his social media accounts, showing him posed with downcast eyes and wearing a denim jacket.
He spoke with a Time journalist less than a week after his headlining spot at Coachella, saying that he felt he worked his entire life for a gig at the high-profile music festival.
The performer also reflected on his recent EP, "My Dear Melancholy," which he says was shaped after he completely abandoned a more "upbeat" album written during his relationship with Selena Gomez. That album will "never" be released, he added.
Other "Next Generation Leaders" given their own Time magazine covers this year include American pop singer Ariana Grande and British fashion model Adwoa Aboah.
The issue hits newsstands later this month.