“I have to thank the city of El Paso for standing behind me.”
The first words by MTV’s Best New Artist for 2017, Khalid. He was awarded his first Moonman trophy just moments after performing 1-800-273-8255 alongside artists Logic and Alessia Cara. The 19-year-old Americas High School graduate rose to superstardom after his song Location hit Billboard’s Hot 100 list earlier in March. He’s toured the nation ever since and regularly promotes the city of El Paso on his social media platforms.
Sunday evening at the VMA’s was no exception. Khalid proudly mentioned El Paso in pre-show interviews on the Red Carpet and then when his name was finally called for Best New Artist.
Congratulations, Khalid! – El Paso 411
Not much was previously known of Khalid.
The 19-year-old rose to superstardom after his song Location hit Billboard’s Hot 100 list earlier in March. Shortly after, El Pasoans began asking… who is he?