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Pop singer and bona fide heartthrob Shawn Mendes turned 18 today and was surprised by his friends on stage, complete with a cake that was definitely not big enough to feed everyone in attendance at his Nashville concert last night.
The birthday boy famously first gained an audience when he began uploading covers of songs to his Vine channel, which lead to a record deal and an opening spot on Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour. Even with his second full-length studio album, Illuminate, ready to drop on September 23, Mendes is still a lover of the covers.
Even though he’s a pop sensation himself, the teen singer continues covering some of today’s biggest stars, recently putting his spin on fellow 2016 iHeartRadio MMVA performer Alessia Cara’s breakout track, “Here.”
Mendes has beautifully covered everyone from Adele to Ed Sheeran to Drake, but today we’re turning the tables on the cover artist. In honour of Mendes’ 18th birthday, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest artists to cover Mendes, including Cara herself.
Returning the cover favour, singer Cara took on Mendes’ track, “Stitches”, staying true to the tune and letting her strong vocals do all the heavy lifting. Cara/Mendes Tour 2017, amirite?
Like Alessia Cara, there’s not much that JoJo applies her vocals to that doesn’t instantly become a song falling under the ‘”must play on repeat” playlist. The R&B-pop singer stripped down the track and let her soulful voice shine on Mendes’ emotional lyrics.
YouTube star Alex Aiono and pop singer Conor Maynard teamed up to prove that sometimes two is better than one with their cover of “Treat You Better.” Adding extra layers of vocals and an electronic element, the duo put their own touch on the song.
Maynard’s duet with Aiono wasn’t the first time the British pop singer has covered Mendes. The cover artist stripped down “Stitches” in January for a piano-driven version that ups the emotional intensity of the track.
Actor Ansel Elgort definitely put his own spin on Mendes’ track “Treat You Better” when he uploaded the cover to Instagram. The Fault In Our Stars actor is working on launching a DJ career and it looks like he’s also interested in exploring the world of pop singers. Not everyone can be good at everything.
Boyce Avenue teamed up with fellow American singer Jacob Whitesides for a second cover of Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better.” Relying on just a piano and guitar for the backing music, the duo pay homage to Mendes with a note-for-note cover.
Happy 18th birthday Shawn Mendes! We’re glad we can finally watch your shirtless video and feel less like creeps.