Music enthusiasts from around the world are watching the 45th Annual American Music Awards (AMA’s) Sunday night, with big name performances including Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Demi Devato, Pink and Diana Ross.
According to the AMA’s website, the event is “the world’s largest fan-voted awards show.”
“American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring,” a release said.
One of the most anticipated performances tonight comes from Shawn Mendes, who found stardom after he was discovered online in 2014.
According to IMDB:
He first started posting cover videos on the social video app Vine in 2013 and picked up millions of followers in a matter of months, becoming well known for his six-second snippets of renditions of many popular songs. Andrew Gertler discovered Shawn online in January 2014, bringing him to Island Records where he eventually signed and released his first single “Life of the Party” in June 2014. He is the youngest artist to compose his own debut album in the top 25 with a debut song on the Billboard Hot 100, debuting at number 24 for the week ending July 12, 2014 at 15 years of age.
Prior to his signing, Shawn toured as a member of the MagCon Tour (meet and greet convention) alongside other young artists and social media sensations including Nash Grier, Aaron Carpenter, Cameron Dallas, Matthew Espinosa, Taylor Caniff, Carter Reynolds, Sam Wilkinson, Dillan Rupp, Brent Rivera, Shawn Mendes, Hayes Grier, Jacob Whitesides, Jack Johnson, Jack Gilinsky, Chris Collins and Mahogany Lox (their DJ).Shawn also was on a nationwide tour with Austin Mahone and released his debut major label EP in July, with a debut album due out later in 2014.He won the Teen Choice award in 2014 for Webstar in Music.
The musician as “The winner of Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary”:
Fans of the popstar took to Twitter to express their excitement about Mendes’ performance:
“@ShawnMendes #AMAs,” @parckbom2 wrote along with a GIF of Fez drawing an outline of a heart in the air:
“Wait @ShawnMendes… it’s over?,” @AMAs tweeted. “I wasn’t ready ? That performance was SOOOO good! ? #SHAWNxAMAs #AMAs”
“Shawn Mendes’ talent is simply out of this world!!! #AMAs #SHAWNxAMA,” @TheShadyFacts wrote:
“IM ACTUALLY ON THE FLOOR, SHAWN MENDES DID THAT #SHAWNxAMAs #AMAs,” @rauhlchino exclaimed:
“EVERYONE LITERALLY STOOD UP AND APPLAUDED HIM AT THE END OF HIS PERFORMANCE, SHAWN MENDES DID THAT #AMAs #SHAWNxAMAs,” @shawnsfender posted:
An explanation of how the show gets nominees is explained on the website, as quoted below:
American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.
The “American Music Awards” is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are executive producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are producers.
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