Oscars 2016: The Weeknd performs 'Earned It'
After scoring a Grammy for “Earned It” earlier this month, The Weeknd took the Oscars stage Sunday to perform the hit off the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.
The Weekend performed the song on a flickering stage, surrounded by candles, chandeliers, and dancers (including an aerial performer) in Fifty Shades-inspired constumes.
Though the film made its big screen debut over a year ago — Feb. 13, 2015 to be exact — “Earned It” has continued to resonate, as it also appears on The Weeknd’s breakout album Beauty Behind the Madness, which dropped in August.
“Earned It” received a nomination in the Original Song category, alongside Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre, Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground, Sumi Jo’s “Simple Song #3” from Youth, and J. Ralph & Antony Hegarty’s “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction. The Weeknd ultimately WON/LOST the award to TK, but called the nomination a “proud moment.”
The Canadian artist, born Able Tesfaye, performed singles “Can’t Feel My Face” and “In The Night” at the Grammys on Feb. 15, and walked away from the night with two statues thanks to wins in the Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Performance categories. He followed a big Grammy night with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Feb. 19, and brought out Lauyrn Hill to join him on “In The Night.” Hill had been expected to take the stage with The Weeknd at the Grammys earlier that week, but a representative for the Fugees singer told EW nothing of the sort had been confirmed and plans were too last minute to “come to fruition.”
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