Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello: Senorita

Quiz by Sharon Michiko Yoneda

artists: Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello

songwriters: Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello

release date: 2019

Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was born on August 8, 1998, in Toronto-suburb, Pickering, Ontario. Young Shawn Mendes followed in the footsteps of earlier Canadian pop music star Justin Bieber, building a following online in his teens before signing with a major label.

Mendes’ popularity online, particularly on Vine, caught the attention of American talent manager Andrew Gertler in late 2013. Mendes signed with Island Records in May 2014. His first single, “Life of the Party,” was released in June and debuted on the Billboard Top 25. Just shy of his 16th birthday, Mendes became the youngest artist to debut that high on the Billboard charts. He followed this with his first major label EP in July of 2014, which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

Fast forward to 2020, Mendes released his fourth album, Wonder. Like his previous albums, it debuted at No. 1 in Canada and the US. “,” a duet with Mendes’s romantic partner at the time, Camila Cabello, won a 2020 Juno Award for Single of the Year and received a 2019 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Shawn Mendes quickly established himself as one of the most popular and recognized Canadian artists of all time. He has won more than 120 professional awards, including multiple American Music Awards, Billboard Live Music Awards, BMI Pop Awards, E! Peoples Choice Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards, among many others.