2016 Academy Awards: The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’ Performance Is Perfection

The Weeknd brought sultry decadence to the awards show stage.

The musical performances at the 88th Academy Awards offered a small reprieve from #OscarsSoWhite jokes and Mad Mad: Fury Road’s sweeping success in the technical categories, and no performance stood out more than The Weeknd’s amazing rendition of his track “Earned It.”

Joined by violinists, dancers and sparkling chandeliers, the singer recreated the music video for his Oscar-nominated song. Check it out…

Take a minute and catch your breathe.

The steamy song, featured on the soundtrack for Fifty Shades of Grey, is the most successful contender in the Best Original Song category this year.