Shawn Mendes Opens Up About Performing with Camila Cabello at the MTV VMAs, "I Was Probably 50% Less Nervous"

September 3, 2019

Shawn Mendes opened up about what it was like performing on the MTV VMAs solo and alongside Camila Cabello.

"It was great! I was probably 50% less nervous to do that with her than I was for 'If I Can't Have You' like only an hour earlier" the singer told RADIO.COM’s Karson from the Karson & Kennedy on Mix 104.1. "I think when I'm onstage with her I'm like in this zone like we're just two people this is fine let's just sing and have fun, but when I'm onstage by myself I have to really get out of my head being like this is such a big deal."

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Mendes also highlighted their mentality behind each performance together. "For us, we're just like let's really listen to the words and let's really love what we do -- and we did!"

This past weekend Shawn Mendes performed an exclusive, intimate set on the back deck of the Mix Beach House on Cape Cod. In the interview, Mendes also talked about choreography and his signature "Mendes Things" aka dance moves. These consist of two moves: one where he stands with a mic and his guitar on his back and sways (check it out in the video above), and the second move he simply spins someone around. At the VMAs, he noted "I did both, which was a lot for me!"

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The duo clearly had chemistry while performing this smash-hit song "Señorita," but it was Camila who was really dancing around the stage. "We were in the rehearsals and going through the steps and she's like learning all these [moves]...and my head was exploding and I wasn't even having to learn that stuff." As a gentlemen, he also complimented Camila's artistic talents. "It's impressive how much she can do and sing at the same time!"

Listen to Shawn Mendes open up about performing, Camila Cabello, his signature moves, and more in the full interview below.