However, it was his public figure that inspired his recent endeavors. March's After Hours, his first CD since Starboy 2016, earned him six nominations for the MTV Music Video Awards on August 30th, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for "Blinding Lights," which he did undoubtedly as he will perform takes the limelight during the virtual broadcast.
"So this is roughly the darkest time of my entire life, around 2013, 2014," he told Variety about the album. "I've been really, really messed up and gone through a lot of personal things. I was arrested in Vegas." Repeating his 'real rock star era' wasn't the easiest, he continued, "I didn't mean … but sometimes you try to run away for who you are and you keep coming back to this place. By the end of this album you notice : "I am not that person." It was me, but I am getting bigger and wiser and one day I will have children and I will tell them that they do not have to be that person. "