The Academy Awards just turned about fifty shades of sexy, all thanks to The Weeknd. His performance of ‘Earned It,’ the Oscar nominated song from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ had everything: violins, sensual backup dancers and a woman performing ballet while suspended above the stage!
Though Fifty Shades of Grey wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, The Weeknd, 26, made sure to turn up the heat at the 88th Academy Awards. While performing the film’s hit song, the R&B singer took it to the next level — literally! — with a woman flying overhead as he sang!
The Weeknd didn’t need whips, cuffs or any of Christian Grey’s specialties to turn up the heat at the Feb. 28 ceremony. He just needed his smooth voice, a fancy tuxedo and a woman performing areal ballet on silk overhead. It was hard to look away from the gorgeous body pulling out twists, flips and splits, but The Weeknd had his own moves.
His performance brought some much needed sex appeal in a night full of jokes, #OscarsSoWhite social commentary and awkward moments. Maybe he got a little love from Bella Hadid, 19, for some extra motivation?
The Weeknd has been killing it at awards shows lately. It’s like no ceremony is complete without him getting hot and heavy. When at the 2016 Grammy Awards, he pulled out an incredible medley performance, starting off with “Can’t Feel My Face” before swinging into “In The Night.” It’s no surprise that he was given a standing ovation! The Weeknd may have even topped that with an appearance at the 2016 Brit awards, giving a show-stopping rendition of his hit, “The Hills.”
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He even knocked it out of the park when he appeared on the finale of The Voice. With flames in the background, The Weeknd teased the audience with a little bit of “The Hills” before he swung into “Earned It.” Just when the crowd thought they were getting all the Weeknd they could, he ended with “Can’t Feel My Face.” Perfect!
Even if The Weeknd doesn’t take home the gold statuette for Best song, the R&B singer is already a winner, thanks to his romance with Bella. Despite reports of breaking up, the two were spotted cuddling at the Grammys. They’re even talking about moving in with each other!
What did you think of The Weeknd’s performance at the Oscars, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he earned the Academy Award?