PICS: Shawn Mendes at Pechanga Arena

Pop superstar Shawn Mendes was definitely the 'life of the party' at his long-awaited Pechanga Arena show.

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The pop superstar simply had the entire venue in the palm of his hands during his July 8 show, and it made sense: Local fans had been waiting months for the opportunity to see him -- the show was announced more than a year ago!
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The heartthrob, who's only 20 years old, has been making headlines since he was 14 when he rose to fame on the popularity of cover songs he'd post to YouTube and Vine. Just last year, Time Magazine named Mendes as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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There's really not much he hasn't already done: All three of his studio albums (2013's "Handwritten," 2016's "Illuminate" and 2018's self-titled record) have debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart -- making him the third-youngest artist to achieve three No. 1 albums.
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Last year, he became the first artist to achieve four No. 1 singles on the Adult Pop Songs chart before the age of 20. The native Canadian (he was born in Toronto) has already won 10 MTV Europe Music Awards, eight Juno Awards, eight iHeartRadio MMVAs, two American Music Awards and received two Grammy Award nominations.
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As we mentioned earlier, it seemed like the whole arena was waiting with bated breath for Mendes to take the stage. And when he did, he certainly did not disappoint!
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The chart-topping singer/songwriter treated the enrapt audience to more than 25 songs -- including all of his huge hits and two awesome covers.
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He started off with "Lost in Japan," "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back," "Nervous," "Stitches," and "Señorita" (a huge collaborative single with Camila Cabello -- rumored to be Mendes' current flame!)
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They were followed by "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Mutual," "Bad Reputation," "Never Be Alone," and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" -- a well-placed Whitney Houston cover, and let's be honest, one of the best good-time songs ever.
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Afterward, Mendes launched into "A Little Too Much" and "Because I Had You," "Patience," "When You're Ready," "Life of the Party," "Like to Be You," "Ruin" and "Treat You Better."
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Soldiering on, he then performed "Particular Taste," "Where Were You in the Morning?," "Fallin' All in You," "Youth," "If I Can't Have You," "Why," "Mercy," "Fix You" (a Coldplay cover) and the grand finale, "In My Blood."
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Perhaps even more important than his ever-popular musical output, Mendes has been a very generous philanthropist and has donated his time, efforts and money to various causes close to his heart over the years.
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In 2014, Mendes and DoSomething.org launched a campaign called "Notes from Shawn," where fans were encouraged to write positive notes and leave them in unexpected places. The campaign was aimed at addressing low self-esteem, depression and awareness of self-harm. It was relaunched in 2015 and 2016 as well.
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Mendes has also worked with Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit organization that builds schools and helps raise the quality of education for developing countries, raising $25,000 to build a school in Ghana. In September 2017, after witnessing the devastation of the earthquake in Mexico City, he created the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund in conjunction with the American Red Cross and donated $100,000 toward relief efforts.
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Mendes has shown there's pretty much nothing he can't do and his July 8 show at Pechanga Arena only served to reinforce that; the concert was amazing from start to finish and delivered everything that San Diego fans had waited so long for and more. Thank you, Shawn -- come back soon! (Stay tuned to SoundDiego.com for a photo gallery of the show's opener, Alessia Cara!)
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