November 12, 2015
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BILLBOARD.COM – Shawn Mendes recently received the Allan Slaight Honour at Canada’s Walk of Fame ceremonies in his hometown of Toronto, an award recognizing young inspirational Canadian musicians who have achieved international success. And that he has.

The 17-year-old’s latest single, “Stitches,” from his debut album, Handwritten, has spent 23 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, peaking at No. 4. The album has been on the Billboard 200 for 29 weeks, peaking at No. 1 and has reached No. 1 in Canada and Norway, No. 2 in Spain and Denmark, No. 4 in Sweden, No. 11 in Ireland, No. 12 in the U.K., and No. 18 in Australia and New Zealand.

On the afternoon of his last tour date opening for Taylor Swift, Mendes gave Billboard his list of his top 5 favorite teen music stars of all time. The first three were easy for him, but being put on the spot he had a bit of trouble coming up with the final two. “How many do I have, three? These questions are difficult,” he laughs.

Here they are — subject to change, if he’s ever asked this again.

1. Taylor Swift
“I’m going to start off with No. 1, Taylor Swift. She’s the best person ever. I’m pretty sure she’s probably the epitome of what a music star can be — and also it’s really cool being on tour with her.”

2. Justin Timberlake.
“He’s the MAN. I really look up to him. [sings] Justin Timberlake.”

3. Alessia Cara
“Have you heard of Alessia Cara? She’s great. Yeah, I’m very proud of her. So her.”

4. Elvis
“Elvis must’ve been 17 actually or was he in his young 20s? I don’t know. Put Elvis down.”

5. Jonas Brothers
“Jonas Brothers. I love them. Definitely. I love those guys. I’m close with Nick, actually.”

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