Watch The Weeknd & Nicki Minaj Perform “The Hills” On ‘SNL’

And the mainstreaming of The Weeknd throws us for yet another loop. Tonight (October 10), the singer capped off a monster year with a monster first stint as musical guest on Saturday Night Live, but for his opening song on the Amy Schumer-hosted episode, he didn’t go with the lively, radio-friendly “Can’t Feel My Face.” Instead, he opted for the sinister, shriek-laden (but still chart-topping) “The Hills” — and surprise guest Nicki Minaj joined him for her brand new remix verse.

The two had a great chemistry, playing off each other and the crowd as though they’ve been performing together all along. Watch the performance below.

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As expected, that inescapable Max Martin-assisted funk banger was trotted out as his second song, and The Weeknd shuffled around stage with confidence, looking and sounding like the major star he set out to be with Beauty Behind The Madness. You can check out that “Can’t Feel My Face” performance below.