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Shawn Mendes: Named in Forbes 30 Under 30 & Wins People's Choice Award

Posted on January 04, 2016

Presenting the Class of 2016: 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents in 20 different sectors. – By Caroline Howard with Emily Inverso


“The Canadian crooner has followed the path of countrymen Justin Bieber and Drake, parlaying a rabid online fan base into a major-label record deal—and a spot on our list. Mendes’ break came courtesy of Vine, where he gained millions of followers singing six-second covers of pop songs. Andrew Gertler, who founded the management company AG Artists and also appears on this year’s Under 30 list, recognized his talent, became his manager and got him a deal with Island Records. This year Mendes released his first studio album, Handwritten, and it went to No. 1 on the charts in the U.S., Canada and Norway thanks in part to the hit single “Stitches.” He spent the summer opening for Taylor Swift in preparation of a headlining tour of his own. When did he realize he could have a career as a musician? “Maybe yesterday,” he says. “Seriously, I’m 17… the way I keep myself sane is by thinking of it as fun.” — Forbes


Not only did Shawn start the year with a mention from Forbes, but together with Camila Cabello he performed “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards.

The same night, Shawn won People’s Choice award for Favourite Breakout Artist.

If i said thank you a million times it wouldn't be enough. I love u. Thank you❤️

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Congratulations, Shawn Mendes — we have a feeling 2016 is going to be a good one for you!