Abel Mekonen Tesfaye known by his stage name as The Weeknd got nominated for the first time at Oscars for Best Original Song.Abel born and raised by his Ethiopian mother repeatedly expressed his strong bond with his Ethiopian roots along with his favourite Ethiopian artist Mulatu Astatke and Aster Awoke.
Best Original Song:
“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey,”Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction” J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth,” David Lang
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground,” Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre,” Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith