Shawn Mendes: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Let’s get to know Shawn Mendes, the Vine superstar and music artist …

1. Justin Bieber Was Actually the Reason Mendes Rose to Popularity

Mendes started his music career by posting short clips of cover songs to Vine, and has become a mainstream success story as a singer-songwriter and touring artist. Plus, it was actually a Justin Bieber song that gave him his first big boost. Mendes told Mashable:

I posted a six-second clip of me singing ‘As Long As You Love Me’ by Justin Bieber in August and it was an overnight sort of explosion. When I woke up and I had 10,000 likes on that video, I was like, ‘What is going on?’ Social media is taking off. It’s an entire new world out there.

Though Bieber was who helped Mendes blow up, his biggest musical inspiration is Ed Sheeran.

2. Mendes Is Nominated at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards In Multiple Categories

Tonight is the Teen Choice Awards and Mendes is up for multiple awards in the categories of Choice Viner and Choice Web Star: Male. He’s been gaining momentum for the big night with a lot of publicity over the past couple weeks. Cameron Dallas, however, was the one to take home the Choice Mail Viner award tonight.

3. He Just Celebrated His Birthday

Mendes turned 16 years old on August 8, 2014 and received trending hashtags in honor of his birthday. So, how did Mendes get to this point? He tells Honest Blue:

I got started in music because of school. I started singing in elementary and I got a fantastic response from fellow students, and it felt great so I’ve made it a goal to become better every single day. Nowadays, I enjoy singing for fun.

There’s nothing better than doing what you love and getting paid for it.

4. Mendes Is a Member of the MagCon Tour

Mendes is a part of the MagCon tour, but not everyone knows what that is.

MAGCON Tour is a Meet-and-Greet-Convention Tour that brings your favorite online entertainers to a city near you.

5. He Has A Really Big Year Going For Him

Shawn Mendes has had such success already and has even more coming to him. Wikipedia notes his upcoming ventures as these:

Mendes was recently featured as the winner of Ryan Seacrest’s “Best 35 Covers” competition,[5] and is slated to head on a nationwide tour with Austin Mahone in 2014 and release his debut major label album later this year.[6] Mendes signed with Island Records and released his first single in June 2014.

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