MTV today announced that its groundbreaking Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning “MTV Unplugged” franchise will return this fall for a whole new generation of music enthusiasts and longtime fans of the series. The new season will feature an eclectic, superstar lineup of global pop culture artists and will kick off with multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter and “2017 Video Music Awards” nominee and performer, Shawn Mendes. The trailblazing music series returns with a fresh reinvention that will feature performances from locations across the country that hold special meaning to each artist. “MTV Unplugged Shawn Mendes” premieres Friday, September 8th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“MTV revolutionized the performance storytelling space when it launched ‘MTV Unplugged’ almost 30 years ago,” said Amani Duncan, Senior Vice President of Music, MTV. “The ‘Unplugged’ Series allows artists to reimagine their songs in an intimate and acoustic medium, giving their fans a new perspective on their favorite hits. We’re thrilled to have multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes launch this new season.”
“I’m so thrilled and honored to be able to help bring the ‘Unplugged’ series back,” said Shawn Mendes. “It’s a show that truly highlights artistry and brings unique performances to fans that they can’t see anywhere else.”
Shawn Mendes scored his second #1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart with the release of his sophomore album Illuminate, which hit #1 on iTunes in over 65 countries. The album was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran’s “+” and “x” albums), and its lead single “Treat You Better” peaked at #1 on iTunes in 44 countries and soared to Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Current single “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” is approaching 2x Platinum and has scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining 6x Platinum single “Stitches” from Shawn’s Platinum debut album Handwritten.