LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer The Weeknd performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater
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The five-times-nominated Weeknd hit the American Music Awards stage on Sunday night with a 1,000-degree performance of "The Hills." The Beauty Behind the Madness single has been burning hot since its May release. At the end of September it dethroned the Weeknd's own "Can't Feel My Face" to take the No. 1 spot for six nonconsecutive weeks.

Abel Tesfaye's a well-oiled machine at this point, having been on his arena tour for his second studio album. He also slayed Made in America, Austin City Limits, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival. He's on a roll, and it showed at the AMAs as he walked out under an arch of flame to deliver an ominous conflagration of a show.

The Weeknd's tied for second-most nominated act at tonight's show with Ed Sheeran, his fall 2015 buddy and collaborator. Their five nominations trailer Taylor Swift's six. All three are up for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. Abel won Favorite Soul/R&B Album at the top of the evening.