Attacking midfielder impresses in big victory
The youngster was heavily involved in three of the goals his side scored at Rugby Park, starting with winning the penalty which led to Adam Rooney's opener on 25 minutes.
Aberdeen extended their lead in the second period, with Andrew Considine and Ash Taylor each converting from corners taken by the 'outstanding' Maddison.
Speaking to afc.co.uk after the match, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said: "James has got the ability to make people look silly because his awareness and his touch are so good.
"He is at one with the ball and a real technician. There are still areas he need to improve on but he has a big reputation and he's shown why."
Elsewhere in the top tier, goalkeeper Remi Matthews was forced off with a shoulder injury as Hamilton Academical drew 1-1 at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Alexandre D'Acol put the hosts in front in the first half, with that lead still intact when Matthews left the field on 82 minutes, only for Liam Polworth to level in injury-time.
James Keatings' 35th minute strike gave Hibs a lead at the interval, with William Edjenguele heading home midway through the second period to ensure a share of the spoils.
Back in England, Harry Toffolo's Scunthorpe United moved three points clear at the top of Sky Bet League One with a 2-1 win away to potential promotion rivals Bury.
Scott Wiseman put the Iron in front just before the break, before Tom Soares equalised from close-range with the hour-mark approaching.
Scunthorpe responded quickly however, restoring their advantage just minutes later when Josh Morris curled home spectacularly to ultimately seal victory.
Toffolo played the full match for the visitors, having quickly become an important component of Graham Alexander's side.
Finally, Declan Rudd's Charlton Athletic fell to a 1-0 Sky Bet League One defeat at home to Rochdale on Saturday.
3 points, top the table but a very long way to go. Fans that travelled were unreal 👏🏼👍🏼 #UTI— Harry Toffolo (@Harry_Toffolo) October 1, 2016
Calvin Andrew's 25th minute header proved the difference, with Addicks captain Johnnie Jackson missing a second half penalty as their winless run was extended to seven games.