The Weeknd brought the music video for single “Earned It” from the movie Fifty Shades of Grey to life during his Oscars performance. The song is nominated for Best Original Song at the 88th Academy Awards.
Beneath chandeliers and surrounded by candles, the Weeknd gave a nightclub feel to the glitzy show. A crew of female dancers sensually moved around the R&B singer while clad in black lace, which referenced the popular music video for the song that featured a nearly nude Dakota Johnson.
“Earned It” was a breakthrough hit for the Weeknd who had become popular through his YouTube channel several years ago. It was his first Top Five single on the Billboard Hot 100 before the releases off his sophomore LP Beauty Behind the Madness — like “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” — blew up over the couse of 2015.
“Earned It” gained three Grammy nominations this year as well and took home the trophy for Best R&B Performance. The singer’s sophomore album also won for Best Urban Contemporary Album. This summer, he’ll open for Rihanna on the European leg of her Anti world tour.