Shawn Mendes: A Year in Review

When you think of 2018, you can’t help but think of Shawn Mendes and the incredible year he had. Let’s take a look back at his 2018.

In March, Mendes released two singles from his upcoming third album. “In My Blood” (March 22) and “Lost in Japan” (March 23) quickly reached the top of the charts and made him the first and only artist to have four number one singles on the charts before turning 20 years old.

On April 21, he performed at a concert honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s 92nd birthday. During that month, he also performed at various music festivals. He was also named one of Time’s The World’s 100 Most Influential People.

May was a big month for Mendes. His self-titled album was released on the 25th of the month and received many positive reviews, especially towards his songwriting and artistic growth. It debuted at number one in Canada, making it his third number one album in his hometown and reached number one in the US, making him the third artist to have three number one albums.

Along with his album, Mendes announced his arena tour for 2019. Also that month (18), Mendes joined Taylor Swift on stage at her reputation stadium tour in Pasadena, CA, and sang “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” On the 20, Mendes attended the Billboard Music Awards and delivered a powerful performance of “In My Blood” and later took to the stage with Khalid and a children’s choir to perform “Youth.”

Shawn made his first Met Gala appearance on the 8th of the month, which sparked many rumors of a romance between him and Hailey Baldwin.

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The Summer issue of Wonderland magazine featured Mendes on the cover in Tommy Hilfiger.

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During the first week of June, The Late Late Show with James Corden turned into The Late Late Shawn– a whole week of Mendes performing, doing skits, and doing his first “Shawn”ologue on the late night talk show. His Carpool Karaoke premiered during this time and he sang many songs on the show from his album including “Lost In Japan,” “Perfectly Wrong,” and “Like to Be You” feat. Julia Michaels.

All throughout the summer, he performed at festivals around the world.

August 20 was when Mendes performed at the VMAs and sang “In My Blood” in the rain. He also graced the cover of Variety Magazine.

To kick off the NFL season on September 6, Mendes headlined the celebration in Philadelphia, PA, the home of the current Super Bowl champions. The 22nd of the month brought a collaboration that everyone was waiting for. Mendes and Justin Timberlake sang “What Goes Around, Comes Around” at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and our lives were never the same.

He performed “Lost in Japan” at the AMAs on October 9.

The 11th of the month brought fans a cover they never knew they needed. Mendes and Teddy Geiger covered Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure,”  and CMT Crossroads gave fans epic duets of Mendes and Zac Brown Band on the 24th.

On November 26, Mendes revealed the cover and his story for Rolling Stones magazine although it seemed as though some of that story was fabricated.

Throughout November and December, Mendes performed at Jingle Ball along with Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, Monsta X, and more. This is his fourth time performing at Jingle Ball.  

He performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which aired on December 2.

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The next day he announced that he would be playing his first ever stadium show on Sept 6, 2019, in his hometown of Toronto, which is now sold-out. More stadium dates should be announced soon.

On Dec 7, Mendes received his first ever Grammy nominations, for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. You can watch his adorable reaction here.

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Mendes ended 2018 with a performance on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC.

This year, in total, Mendes won 26 awards and was nominated for countless others. There were so many other performances and events that Mendes took part in that we couldn’t possibly cover them all here.

We cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store for the “Treat You Better” singer.

What was your favorite part of Mendes’ 2018? Will you be seeing him on tour in 2019? Let us know on Twitter at @Celebmix.

Written by Brittany Sims

Brittany is a 2019 graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for writing started as a child and grew from there. When she started becoming obsessed with celebrities and pop culture, Brittany decided to start a career in Journalism.