"I can remember back in 7th, 8th grade, I was supposed to be doing my homework, but I would stay up and watch the VMAs...So it's really nice to be on the other side for once."

While we certainly don't condone prioritizing TV over homework, we are pretty plum excited for our man Austin Mahone. Why? We'll let him tell you:


That's right! The "What About Love" singer—occasionally referred to as the "Second Coming of Justin Bieber—has snagged a coveted "Artists to Watch" nomination at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. His competition? Twenty One Pilots ("Holding On to You"), Zedd featuring Foxes ("Clarity"), the Weeknd ("Wicked Games") and Iggy Azalea ("Work"). At 17, he's definitely got youth on his side.

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"I never thought I'd be nominated for a VMA...I'm excited and ready to go."

Mahone may have doubted himself, but his legion of loyal "Mahomies" certainly didn't. With well over 3 million followers, it seems the world already has its eyes on this "Artist to Watch."


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