r b: His chart-topping sophomore album, Beauty Behind the Madness 2015 won multiple awards and solidified his reputation as a global pop superstar, according to NOW Magazine. In 2011, he was described by the New York Times as the most invigorating, surprising and affecting new force in R&B, and in 2015 he became the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three spots on Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart. His first collection of music, the free download House of Balloons 2011 was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize and kicked off a storm of international attention. He has won nine Juno Awards, two Grammy Awards, seven SOCAN Awards and three Much Music Video Awards. Early Years Tesfaye was born and raised in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. He has also received an Academy Award nomination and the 2014 Allan Slaight Award from Canada's Walk of Fame. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.