Why The Weeknd didn't end up performing at the MTV Video Music Awards


A hectic tour schedule prompted The Weeknd to skip his scheduled performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, a source tells ET.

According to the insider, the Canadian chart topper initially agreed to take the stage at the awards show, however, after examining his tour schedule, he realized he could not fit in preparation, rehearsals and the performance itself.

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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Pink (L) accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from Ellen DeGeneres onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Katy Perry flies onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Lorde performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Dinah Jane and Ally Brooke of Fifth Harmony, Gucci Mane, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony accept the Best Pop award for 'Down' onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Khalid performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Paris Jackson speaks onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, and Dinah Jane of Fifth Harmony perform onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Kendrick Lamar performs during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Host Katy Perry speaks onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: DJ Khaled and Asahd Tuck Khaled attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, and Ally Brooke of Fifth Harmony perform onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Ed Sheeran (L) and Ellen DeGeneres pose during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Ludacris (L) and Olivia Munn speak onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Host Katy Perry (L) and DJ Khaled speak onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Cardi B speaks onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Co-songwriters Jack Antonoff (L) and Sam Dew onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Pete Davidson (L) and Tiffany Haddish speak onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Kendrick Lamar attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Gucci Mane (C) with Dinah Jane, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony pose backstage after winning the Best Pop award for 'Down' during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Pete Davidson attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Ellen DeGeneres and Chance The Rapper pose together during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Pink accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Gucci Mane performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: DJ Khaled, Chance The Rapper and Ed Sheeran pose together during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Pink (C) performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, and Ally Brooke of Fifth Harmony perform onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Bebe Rexha attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Paris Jackson and Caroline D'Amore pose in the press room during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Millie Bobby Brown speaks onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Katy Perry performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Katy Perry onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Hailey Baldwin poses in the press room at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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The "Starboy" singer has been traveling extensively all year on his Legends of the Fall 2017 Arena Tour, however, the tour broke on Aug. 6 and resumes in Pennsylvania on Sept. 6.

Following further dates throughout the U.S. and Canada, he will then head to New Zealand and Australia for more concerts.

The 27-year-old musician's songstress girlfriend, Selena Gomez, also skipped the awards show.

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