Shawn Mendes is catching some major L’s when it comes to recognition from his famous industry-mates, and it seems like the “Stitches” singer can’t catch a break. The latest to throw some serious shade on the breakthrough Vine artist was none other than rap icon, Nicki Minaj.
The 19-year-old Canadian heartthrob has a storied history of celebs forgetting (or worse, never knowing) his face, name, and claim to fame. When questioned during a radio interview if he knew of the artist, Justin Bieber, fellow Canadian singer-songwriter dropped an ice cold: “Who is Shawn Mendes?”
To make matters worse, Bieber then opted for a messy apology by posting a pic to the ‘Gram of the People’s Choice Award-winning singer, tagging a complete stranger and butchering Mendes’ name.
When stopping by “The Tonight Show,” Mendes revealed another embarrassing case of mistaken identity while chatting about the time he was almost laid out by a member of Drake’s security team.
However, this time Minaj is in the hot seat after she took to Twitter to broadcast to her 21 million followers that she had no idea Mendes was famous. After someone slid into the rapper’s DMs to send a picture of Mendes holding a large cat with text stating they “wished he’d hold them like this dog” (again, it was a cat) Minaj was understandably confused.
She posted the receipts with the caption: “Someone’s in my dm’s saying they wish this man (who’s holding a cat) would hold them like he’s holding this dog. i-I’m so confused.”
“This man?” Ouch.
Mendes’ army of fans soon took to Twitter to set the “No Frauds” rapper straight and to laugh off the serious shade Minaj sent his way without even knowing it.
HIS NAME IS SHAWN MENDES NICKI😂😂
— FabiolaBaileyDolan (@fab2416) September 20, 2017
“who’s shawn mendes?” -Justin Bieber
“this man” -Nicki Minaj
— شام (@bizzuhI) September 20, 2017
Nicki Minaj really out here not knowing Shawn Mendes' name and writing DMs with an apostrophe. I'm double SO sorry
— ♕ P.R.I.N.C.E. ♕ (@Princexercize) September 19, 2017
Fingers crossed this leads to a future Minaj-Mendes collab. You know, now that she knows who he is.