Shawn Mendes & Khalid Perform “Youth” Live for the First Time Ever
What could be better than a Shawn Mendes–Khalid duet? A LIVE VERSION of said duet, of course!
The musicians collaborated on a song called “Youth,” which is featured on the 19-year-old’s upcoming album, in response to the terrorist attack that happened at Ariana Grande‘s concert in Manchester last May.
“I was in London and I was very close to all that time, right after the Manchester thing…in London there was the attack on the bridge,” the 19-year-old told Zane Lowe in a Beats 1 radio interview. “I remember that day thinking like, ‘OK, I gotta text [Khalid].’ When I texted him, I said when we get together, we have to make a statement. We have to move. We have to write about what’s going on in life and how the youth is feeling because I think we have the voice to do that.”
The result was “Youth,” which Shawn and Khalid performed live for the first time ever last night at the 20-year-old’s concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
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— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) May 10, 2018
Khalid was a little bit worried about forgetting the lyrics at first, but the performance ended up being basically perfection personified. Check it out above!