During the 2019 American Music Awards, Shawn Mendes joined his girlfriend Camila Cabello on stage to perform a rendition of their sexy single, “Señorita.”
The two began their performance with a slowed-down, acoustic version of the radio hit, with Cabello singing and moving in a flowy red dress to the song’s catchy chorus as Shawn played guitar. Then, the song picked up its tempo and the two sang their duet and danced sensually with one another on stage. The audience went wild over each intimate moment.
At one point, Taylor Swift was captured on camera watching the performance in open-mouthed awe; as the song ended and fans held their breath wondering if Cabello and Mendes would seal the song with a kiss, the camera cut back to Swift and Billy Porter watching giddily. Swift is being nominated at the 2019 AMAs as their Artist of the Decade, and she released a remixed version of her single “Lover” in collaboration with Mendes.
While Swift’s face provided fans on Twitter with a meme-worthy image to express their own feelings about Cabello and Mendes’s performance, neither Swift nor fans of the musical couple were given that much-anticipated kiss in the end. Instead, as they did at the conclusion of their performance of the song at the 2019 VMAs, they sang the final notes up close to one another, their faces almost touching, before pulling away with a sweet, knowing smile as the song ended. This time, Cabello playfully nuzzled Mendes’s nose with her own before backing away from him.
Just one day before the American Music Awards, it was announced that Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello were added to the award show’s lineup of performers to sing their hit single together, according to Billboard. The couple was nominated in the AMAs’ “Collaboration of the Year” category for the song.
Later in the night, after they had performed, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes won the award for 2019 “Collaboration of the Year.” In a brief joint acceptance speech, they thanked the fans, and each other’s moms, before leaving the stage together.
Cabello took the stage to perform a second time during the show, this time without her boyfriend Mendes. For the first time, she performed her new single “Living Proof,” for which she debuted the music video hours before the 2019 AMAs.
Just a few days before their AMAs duet, the couple were nominated for a joint 2020 Grammy Award for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for “Señorita.” They took turns sharing their exciting news with their social media followers. On Instagram, Cabello wrote “nominated for a Grammy with my favorite person !!!!!!!! @shawnmendes EEEEEEEPPP!!!!!! congrats to all our friends who got nominated too… thank you @recordingacademy.”
Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes released the music video for “Señorita” in June 2019. The video, which stars the two singers, currently has over 32 million views on Shawn Mendes’s YouTube channel. According to Entertainment Tonight, Mendes confirmed that he and Cabello have been in a relationship since July 4, 2019, which means they were not official when they recorded their megahit single.