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Variety's Honorees Shawn Mendes & Amandla Stenberg Attend Power of Young Hollywood Event!

Shawn Mendes and Amandla Stenberg walk the red carpet while attending Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood event on Tuesday night (August 28) at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 20-year-old singer and the 19-year-old actress are two of the honorees who received their own covers for the mag’s new issue.

In Shawn‘s cover story, he opened up about cultivating his fanbase and why he isn’t dating anyone right now. In Amandla‘s cover story, she opened up about recently coming out as gay and the future of the industry in the wake of the Time’s Up movement.

FYI: Amandla is wearing a Chromat dress, Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, and Bing Bang earrings.

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Shawn Mendes Opens Up About His Dating Life

Shawn Mendes is featured on the cover of Variety‘s annual Power of Young Hollywood issue, out now.

Here’s what the 20-year-old “In My Blood” singer-songwriter had to say…

On how he cultivated his fanbase: “People forget how important groundwork is — physically being in every city, meeting people, like in a presidential campaign. I’ve known nothing but that since I was 15, so it’s not like I was at one time very private and now I have to be open. I’ve always been like that. I don’t find it hard or disruptive, and I think I’m OK with it — until I’m not, anyway.”

On his dating life: “I’m not currently dating anyone, but it’s not because I don’t have time — I don’t know if I’d be dating anyone if I was home in Pickering, either. It hasn’t stumbled across me, and I’m not chasing it. Of course, seeing all those other artists and people in relationships, you think, ‘Maybe it would be nice; who would be great for me?’ And that’s when you realize: ‘This is wrong. Let it be. I’m not supposed to be with anyone right now.’”

On where his drive and sense of self comes from: “Insecurity of being not grounded? I have amazing parents and incredible friends, but just as much, it comes from being scared — fear of becoming the one thing everybody tells you not to be.”

For more from Shawn, visit Variety.com.

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Shawn Mendes Pretends He's Marshmello During the MuchMusic Video Awards!

Shawn Mendes appears on stage in Marshmello‘s costume at the 2018 iHeartRADIO MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on Sunday (August 26) in Toronto, Canada.

The 20-year-old singer walked on stage in costume to accept Marshmello‘s award for EDM/Dance Artist or Group. When Shawn took off the helmet, everyone thought they would finally get to see the DJ’s identity until they saw who was really in the costume.

During the show, Shawn opened and closed the show with performances of “Lost in Japan” and “In My Blood.” He also won four awards throughout the night, including Artist of the Year.

“Honestly, what I mainly want to say is thank you to everybody who follows an artist when they try to explore musically and support them through that journey,” he said during one of his speeches. “That means the world to me.”

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Shawn Mendes Is All Smiles at the MTV VMAs 2018 After Party!

Shawn Mendes is so happy!

The 20-year-old “In My Blood” singer-songwriter was spotted arriving at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards after party at Avenue nightclub on Monday night (August 20) in New York City.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Shawn Mendes

During the show, Shawn hit the stage as the first performer of the night to perform his hit track “In My Blood,” where he stood in the middle of a rain shower and got soaking wet! Watch it now.

Shawn‘s video for “In My Blood” was nominated for three awards: Best Pop, Best Cinematography, and Best Direction.

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Shawn Mendes Gets Soakin' Wet During VMAs 2018 Performance (Video)

Shawn Mendes is drenched with water while performing at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on Monday (August 20) in New York City.

The 20-year-old singer was the first performer of the night and he performed his hit single “In My Blood.” At the end of the song, he stood in the middle of a rain shower and his white shirt become see-through!

Shawn‘s video for “In My Blood” is nominated for three awards tonight – Best Pop, Best Cinematography, and Best Direction.

FYI: Shawn is wearing an AllSaints sleeveless shirt.

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