6 Pop Music Moments at the 2016 People's Choice Awards

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Jason Derulo Performs "Get Ugly" and "Want To Want Me"

Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Jason Derulo took the stage to perform his latest single "Get Ugly" and the top 5 smash "Want To Want Me." It was the most colorful and energetic performance of the night. Like the previous big hits "Talk Dirty" and "Wiggle," "Get Ugly" was produced by Ricky Reed and has a similar, slightly naughty, vibe. The song has already broken into the top 30 at mainstream pop radio. It is the third charting single from the top 5 hit album Everything Is 4.

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Jordan Smith and David Foster Perform "You Are So Beautiful"

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Jordan Smith at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. Photo by Lester Cohen / Getty Images

After Jane Lynch announced The Voice as the winner for Favorite Competition Show, Jordan Smith, the most recent season's winner, took the stage to perform Joe Cocker's classic "You Are So Beautiful." He was accompanied on piano by legendary producer David Foster. Jordan Smith is already at work on his first album and it is expected out early in 2016. Three of his performances on the show reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. They include the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," Queen's "Somebody To Love," and the Christmas song "Mary Did You Know?"

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Shawn Mendes Wins Breakout Artist

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Shawn Mendes at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

It was a big night for Shawn Mendes at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. He took home the award for Favorite Breakout Artist beating out competition from Fetty Wap, Halsey, Tori Kelly, and The Weeknd. The title was earned with his debut album Handwritten going to #1. It includes the top 5 charting hit single "Stitches." All of that has happened at the age of 17. Just two years ago Shawn Mendes was working his way toward becoming a social media star on Vine which led toward discovery by Island Records' Andrew Gertler. None of us knew that he was on the way to being a breakout pop star.

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Vin Diesel Sings "See You Again"

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Vin Diesel at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. Photo by Jeff Kravitz / Getty Images

It wasn't the first time we've heard him do it, but there wasn't a dry eye in the house when action movie star Vin Diesel accepted the awards for Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Movie for Furious 7. He concluded his comments by singing "See You Again," the poignant hit single from the film. The song is a tribute to co-star Paul Walker who died tragically at age 40 in November 2013. "See You Again," recorded by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, spent 12 weeks at #1 and was one of the biggest pop hits of 2015. It has earned three Grammy Award nominations including a nod for Song of the Year.

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Meghan Trainor Wins Favorite Album

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Meghan Trainor at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. Photo by Lester Cohen / Getty Images

Every good awards show has surprises and Meghan Trainor's win for Favorite Album was one of those. She beat out competition from heavyweights The Weeknd, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, and Drake. The award was presented by the "Pink Ladies" of the upcoming live TV production of Grease. One of those women on stage was Carly Rae Jepsen who released E-MO-TION, one of the most critically acclaimed pop albums of last year. Prior to heading to the stage to accept the award, we saw Meghan Trainor embrace friend and fellow nominee, for Favorite Social Media Star, Frankie Grande, Ariana Grande's half-brother.

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Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Sing "Stitches" and "I Know What You Did..."

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. Photo by Christopher Polk / Getty Images

Amid digital rain which wreaked havoc with the work of photographers, Shawn Mendes took the stage to perform a medley of the pop smash "Stitches" and his new hit single "I Know What You Did Last Summer." It is a duet with Camila Cabello of red-hot girl group Fifth Harmony.  The song is quickly rising on the Billboard Hot 100. It is already a top 20 hit at mainstream pop radio. This performance was a magical moment of collaboration by two of the hottest young stars in pop music.

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Lamb, Bill. "6 Pop Music Moments at the 2016 People's Choice Awards." ThoughtCo, Aug. 22, 2016, thoughtco.com/pop-music-moments-peoples-choice-awards-3244875. Lamb, Bill. (2016, August 22). 6 Pop Music Moments at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/pop-music-moments-peoples-choice-awards-3244875 Lamb, Bill. "6 Pop Music Moments at the 2016 People's Choice Awards." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/pop-music-moments-peoples-choice-awards-3244875 (accessed December 13, 2017).