Many popular musicians, comedians and models found their way to fame using platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, and Myspace. After success stories like Justin Bieber and The Weeknd, more and more artists are turning to social media in hopes of gaining recognition of their artistry. From Shawn Mendes’ six second covers on Vine to Kyle Mooney’s comedy bits on YouTube, here are celebrities who got their big break on social media.
10/10 Justin Bieber Was Discovered On YouTube
Before Justin Bieber became the huge household name that he is today, he was a young boy singing Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake covers on his YouTube channel. A talent manager discovered his content in 2008 and the rest is history. The young singer started his career collaborating with artist like Ludacris and Usher. Today people all over the world recognize Justin Bieber’s greatest hits like “Baby,” “Love Yourself,” and “Sorry.”
9/10 Shawn Mendes Made Six Second Cover Videos On Vine
Shawn Mendes started getting lots of recognition on the platforms, Vine and YouTube in 2013 when he uploaded six-second covers of songs like “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber and other big hits. After obtaining an immense amount of followers, he went on Magcon tours to perform alongside other big name Viners. Today Shawn Mendes has written multiple top charted songs.
8/10 Kate Upton Unknowingly Started Her Modeling Career At A Clippers Game
Young Kate Upton’s friend posted a silly video of the supermodel dancing with her friends at a Los Angeles Clippers game on YouTube. The video of the model would end up going viral and lead to her signing a modeling deal with Elite Agency. She went on to model for SportsI llustrated, Victoria’s Secret, Guess, and more. Today she’s one of the highest paid models in the world.
7/10 Alessia Cara Started Singing On Facebook
Before Alessia Cara sang her hit song, “Here,” she covered iconic vocalists like Amy Winehouse and Jessie J on her Facebook account. After switching social media platforms from Facebook to YouTube, the singer was eventually discovered and signed. Now Alessia Cara is a Grammy winner, has sold over 3 millions copies of her songs and has one of the most distinct voices in the music industry.
6/10 The Weeknd Was Noticed For His Unique Sound On YouTube
Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a The Weeknd, started his singing career on YouTube like other artists on this list. He released three unique songs that quickly caught the attention of a few celebrity producers, including Drake. Flash forward and The Weeknd has hosted the Super Bowl halftime show and has sold millions of records worldwide.
5/10 Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney Posted Silly Videos
Before Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney were cast on Saturday Night Live in 2013, the two comedians posted their original comedy sketches on YouTube. After racking up millions of views on their videos, they were discovered and signed a contract with Maker Studios. Today the two comedians professionally write, act, and produce in the industry.
4/10 Charlie Puth Covered Adele On YouTube
Charlie Puth received lots of attention after posting a cover of Adele’s hit song, “Someone Like You,” on YouTube back in 2011. Charlie Puth ended up chatting with a few record labels, including Ellen DeGeneres’ label, before finally signing with Atlantic Records. Now the singer is mostly known for his legendary song, “See You Again.”
3/10 Calvin Harris Posted His Recordings On Myspace
Before Calvin Harrris became one of the biggest DJs in the world, Harris posted his music on his Myspace page. One day a talent booker for the firm, Global Gathering, stumbled across his page and, one thing led to another, and Calvin Harris was signed. Now the DJ has multiple hit songs including “Summer,” “This Is What You Came For,” and “Feels.”
2/10 Halsey Had A Following On Tumblr
Halsey started her career by posting her poetry and art regularly on Tumblr. After gaining a bit of a following, the singer posted her song “Ghost” on SoundCloud, which gained lots of recognition. Today the singer is a New York Times bestselling author and has multiple top hits like “Graveyard,” “So Good,” and “Closer.”
1/10 Saweetie Started Rapping On Instagram
Saweetie used to post videos of herself rapping on her Instagram page before becoming the rapper she is today. In 2016, one of her raps went viral and now Saweetie is known for her hits like “Tap In,” Back To The Streets,” and “My Type.” The rapper now has over 13 million followers on the platform she used to get her start.