Shawn Mendes opened the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards by performing his single “In My Blood,” and though he didn’t win any Moonmen for the song’s accompanying video he’s probably the front-runner for the wet T-shirt contest. Watch his performance above, and let us know what you thought of him in the comments at the bottom of this post. And make sure to check out the complete list of VMA winners right here.
Mendes had three nominations at these awards: Best Pop Video, Best Direction and Best Cinematography, all for “In My Blood.” These follow a pair of bids he received in 2017: Best Pop Video for “Treat You Better” and Song of the Summer for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” But he lost both of those bids too, so he’s now zero-for-five. But the 20-year-old singer-songwriter has plenty of time. As Video Vanguard Award winner Jennifer Lopez mentioned in her acceptance speech, she was shut out the first time she was nominated at the VMAs too, and things worked out alright for her.
“In My Blood” was released this past March as the lead single from Mendes’s self-titled third album, which dropped in May. The album debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but the single peaked at number-11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. To date Mendes’s highest charting hit was his breakthrough 2015 song “Stitches,” which reached number-four. “Treat You Better” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” also reached the top 10. But that’s not bad for an artist who’s still not of legal age to toast his own success.