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First, he nabbed two awards before the show even started (that would be for Best R&B Performance and Best Urban Contemporary Album, of course). The artist is nominated for five other awards, including Record of the Year for "I Can't Feel My Face" and Album of the Year for Beauty Behind the Madness, but for a solid five minutes it was all eyes on his live performance.
Ariana Grande kicked things off, introducing The Weeknd as the third performance of the evening. "How did this next performer land his seven nominations tonight?" she asked. "Well ladies and gentleman, get ready for the pun of the century...he earned it." Cha-ching!