In May, he was accused by Portishead of using a sample of "Machine Gun" in his track "Belong to the World." Geoff Barrow, a member of the group, said The Weeknd claimed he didn't use a sample while in fact, he'd written the band a letter asking to sample from the song. Barrow posted the letter on his Twitter account.
Legal drama aside, it's been a great year professionally for the Weeknd. He received seven Grammy nominations for “Beauty Behind the Madness.”