shawn men­des

Pop star

Toronto Life - - The Fifty Most Influential 2018 -

the kinder, gen­tler Justin Bieber is now eclips­ing his fore­run­ner. His self-ti­tled 2018 al­bum shot to the top of the Bill­board 200 chart and earned him Bill­board’s inau­gu­ral Artist of the Year award, the same hon­our he picked up at the MMVAs. He’s now a cer­ti­fied A-lis­ter: he graced the cover of Va­ri­ety’s Young Hol­ly­wood is­sue, at­tended his first Met Ball, scored an in­vite to Tay­lor Swift’s Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards af­ter-party (with a tro­phy in hand), made cameos on The Voice and Ellen, landed on Justin Trudeau’s sum­mer playlist, rocked the Jin­gle Ball tour with Cardi B, re­ceived an ador­ing write-up in the Time 100 from his hero John Mayer and per­formed for the Queen. Dave Grohl called Men­des a “bad moth­er­fucker”— a com­pli­ment in Foo speak. Oh, and did we men­tion he’s only 20 years old? up next: Star­ring in an Ivan Reit­man movie mu­si­cal called Sum­mer of Love.

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