Shawn Mendes caught up with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs on the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 20) to chat about joining Taylor Swift on stage during her Reputation tour, working with Khalid, his love of BTS and his forthcoming album.
Mendes, who once served as an opening act to Taylor Swift on tour, made a surprise appearance on stage with her Friday night during a Los Angeles show. “I remember, we got there at soundcheck and it was like the middle of the day and I got on that stage and it was like a really crazy feeling to remember playing there with an acoustic guitar as the opening act and to be coming back to be a special guest,” he says. “It’s very, very insane when that happens…it’s those moments when you’re like whoa, this is what’s going on right now, you know?”
He also talks about “Youth,” his recent collaboration with Khalid, which he will be performing during the Sunday night awards show ceremony. “It’s just a very encompassing feeling of the feeling after all these tragic, horrific events,” he says of the message behind the track. “I think it speaks a thousand words and I’m really proud of it and I’m proud to be doing it tonight.”