Grammys 2016: EL James congratulates The Weeknd on Best R&B Performance win
The singer took home the award for Best R&B Performance at Monday's pre-ceremony
It’s been a year since fans of Fifty Shades of Grey celebrated Valentine’s Day by seeing the movie come to life on the big screen, but one year later, The Weeknd’s “Earned It” has taken home the Grammy for Best R&B Performance. The track appears on the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack ( and the artist’s 2015 album Beauty Behind the Madness) and Fifty Shades of Grey series author EL James couldn’t be happier for its recognition on music’s biggest night.
“Congratulations @theweeknd,” she tweeted Monday.
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Before Monday’s ceremony started, The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, picked up two awards, including one for Best Urban Contemporary Album. He’ll also compete for Album of the Year. “Earned It” was up for Best R&B Song and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, but lost both awards. His second single “I Can’t Feel My Face” didn’t take the Best Pop Solo Performance category, but will compete for Record of the Year during the live performance.
Fifty Shades Darker, the 2015 movie’s sequel based on James’ 2012 novel by the same name, is set to hit theaters next February. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will reprise their roles, and James Hyde, Bella Heathcote, and Kim Basinger have joined the cast for the next installment. No word yet on whether The Weeknd will provide music for Darker.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards air Monday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Head here for a full list of winners as they’re announced.