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Marshmello and Shawn Mendes prank the crowd at the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs

The crowd at the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards was in for a real shock Sunday night, when ‘Marshmello’ walked out on the stage to collect the award for Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group. The masked DJ/producer, who prefers to perform anonymously under his signature marshmellow helmet, came out to accept the award for his collaboration with UK singer Anne-Marie titled ‘Friends’. As soon as he walked out, fans noticed something different about his walk, but still they acted in shock and total disbelief when none other than Shawn Mendes revealed himself to be underneath the helmet.

The prank definitely wasn’t the first one in the ‘Who is Marshmello?’- soap. Two years ago at EDC Las Vegas it was Tiësto who was hiding underneath Marshmello’s helmet when he performed his set and last January it was comedian and actor Will Ferrell who trolled the crowd at at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, saying that it was him all along. With last Sunday’s prank at the MMVAs in Toronto, Shawn Mendes became the third celebrity to prank an astonished crowd. As Mendes removed the helmet he said: “Woah! Hot in there” and “Well, thank you so much!” as he turned into the direction of Moe Shalizi, who is Marshmello’s manager.

During the MMVAs, Mendes also opened and closed the show in his hometown with performances of ‘Lost in Japan’ and ‘In My Blood’. The extremely popular Canadian also won an impressive total of four awards throughout the night, including Artist of the Year. Besides Best EDM Artist, Marshmello also grabbed the Fan Fave Single award for his collaboration with Selena Gomez, ‘Wolves’. Marshmello’s real identity allegedly is DJ Chris Comstock aka Dotcom, as Forbes reported already last year, but Shawn Mendes’s troll at the MMVAs had many fans all over the world fooled. Twitter and Instagram exploded for some time, but the crowd soon realized they were being pranked.

Check out the moment where ‘Marshmello’ took off his helmet down below.

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Well, I guess it’s not a secret anymore… @shawnmendes

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