Shawn Mendes to duet with Khalid on “Billboard” Music Awards

Dick Clark ProductionsShawn Mendes will team up with fellow young star Khalid for a duet at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards.

Shawn will perform his current hit “In My Blood” on the show, and then Khalid will join him to sing “Youth,” a track from Shawn’s forthcoming self-titled album on which they collaborate.  The title of the song is appropriate, considering that Khalid is 20 years old, while Shawn is just a year younger.

Shawn wrote “Youth” in the aftermath of the Manchester, England bombing outside Ariana Grande’s concert last year.  The lyrics declare, in part, “Waking up to headlines/Filled with devastation again/My heart is broken/But I keep going/Pain, but I won’t let it turn into hate/No, I won’t let it change me.”

Other performers on the telecast include Camilla Cabello, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Dua Lipa, host Kelly Clarkson, BTS, and Janet Jackson, plus collaborative performances from Kesha and Macklemore, Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera, Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, and Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards air Sunday night on NBC.

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