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Watch Shawn Mendes Beg For 'Mercy' at the 2016 MTV EMAs
“Mercy,” the next single from Shawn Mendes’ No. 1 sophomore album Illuminate, is creeping up the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the 18-year-old singer-songwriter gave the emotional song an effective push on Sunday night (Nov. 6) at the 2016 MTV EMAs, held at the Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
After being introduced by a twerking Bebe Rexha, Mendes changed the mood of the show by beginning "Mercy" as a somber piano ballad and playing while encased in a four-side cube of projections. The innovative visual stunt soon rose and hovered over Mendes' grand piano, and the Canadian teen ended the performance by emoting into a microphone at the top of the stage. Dressed in all black, Mendes offered one of his most solemn televised performances to date -- yet the showcase was far from muted.
“Treat You Better,” the lead single from Illuminate, climbed to No. 6 on the Hot 100 chart, while “Mercy” has peaked at No. 68 in 6 weeks. At the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards, Mendes won the Best New Act award over competition including Tori Kelly and James Bay.
Read all about the making of Illuminate in Billboard’s Shawn Mendes cover story. Watch his EMA performance above.