The Weeknd "Earned It," Receives Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song

The Toronto-born star continues to reap the benefits of a breakout 2015 campaign.
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It appears The Weeknd might be taking a trip to Home Depot or The Container Store in the next few weeks to purchase some high-quality shelving.

On the heels of picking up a whopping seven GRAMMY nominations in December, the 25-year-old R&B superstar has secured an Oscar nomination, his first, in the Best Original Song category for "Earned It," his contribution to the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

The Weeknd will have plenty of stiff competition for the award, including fellow contemporary hitmakers Lady Gaga ("Til It Happens to You" for The Hunting Ground) and Sam Smith ("Writing's on the Wall" for Spectre).

The song, which is responsible for three of his seven GRAMMY nominations, peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, while racking up 176 million views on YouTube and an additional 329 million streams on Spotify. Needless to say, everyone and their mother, whether or not their mother saw Fifty Shades of Grey, is familiar with the artist's Oscar-nominated record. And in other hip-hop related GRAMMY news, Straight Outta Compton was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. 

Moonwalking away with a golden statue would further solidify the newly-minted A-lister's breakout 2015 campaign as the start of something very special. Something we recognized more than four years ago.

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