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Our Favs' First Performance Vs Their Most Recent 🤩

Written by: Kiri Hassinger

One of the best things about being a fan is following your favorite artist’s journey. There’s nothing like watching your fav grow and improve. And, a lot of times, you get to grow as a person alongside them! No matter how long you’ve been a fan, you can always compare your fav’s first and latest performances. It’s almost like looking through a baby book! Here are some of our favs’ first and latest performances. 🤗

Harry Styles

Since his X-Factor days, Harry Styles has definitely grown a lot. Not only is he not a kid anymore, but he’s taking on the biggest stages in the world as a solo artist. Watching young Harry play "Valerie" with his old band tugs at our heart strings. We’re so happy he never stopped chasing his dream! His most recent performance is so full of energy and confidence. It just makes us feel so proud of how far he’s come! 💕

Taylor Swift

If there’s anyone who knows the ins and

outs of performing, it’s Taylor Swift. She’s been performing for two whole decades! Back in 2002, she performed the National Anthem for the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team. Seeing her first performance feels so surreal, especially after the Eras Tour! Her song “Never Grow Up” brings tears to our eyes when we watch her National Anthem performance right after any Eras Tour performance. 🤍

Olivia Rodrigo

Can you believe that Olivia Rodrigo has only been performing in front of enormous live audiences for a few years? It’s definitely hard to tell! We know she's been singing and acting most of her life. Just look at how cute she is in this video! She has such an amazing and confident stage presence in both her performance on Jimmy Fallon and her most recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel. We love that she has started leaning further into the alternative, pop-rock genre with her newer music, and the style of music definitely changes how she performs. We love both videos so much, and we love seeing how much she’s grown in just a few short years! 🧛‍♀️

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer’s first performances as a band are so much fun to watch. We love the acoustic set, we love the tiny venue, and we love seeing how excited they are to perform together. They’ve kept that same energy throughout their entire career. When watching them perform live, their excitement is contagious, and it keeps everyone in the audience engaged with them. We love that their excitement to perform never died, and we can still feel it today. No matter where, what, or when they’re performing, we just can’t get enough! 🤟

Miley Cyrus

We remember watching Hannah Montana growing up, and seeing Miley perform to thousands of people in the TV Show. Since pursuing her music career, she’s been exploring new genres, experimenting artistically, and writing and performing deeply emotional songs. Her most recent performance was amazing! She’s grown so much since her Disney Channel days, and we love that we got to grow up with her! 👩‍🎤

Billie Eilish

Do you remember “Ocean Eyes?” Billie Eilish was only 14 years old when she released that song! Listening to her early music really emphasizes how much she’s grown since she released her first song. When we watch videos of her early performances, its hard to believe that she started out in such small venues, especially considering she’s now headlining enormous music festivals like Coachella and Lolapalooza. 🌊

Selena Gomez

Another star who got her start on Disney was Selena Gomez! She started out acting in Wizards of Waverly Place and has since released some pretty amazing music. Starting in 2009, she was in a band called ‘Selena Gomez & The Scene.’ Many of her older, popular songs, like “Love You Like A Love Song” and “Naturally,” were made while she was with this band! As much as we love the nostalgia of her early music, her new music and most recent performances are so confident and professional. We love watching her perform! ✨

Tate McRae

Shes been blowing up quite a bit recently, and you’ve probably heard her song “greedy” all over your TikTok FYP and Instagram Reels. Tate McRae started out singing songs from Broadway Musicals in recitals, and now she’s taking on the world with one of the most popular songs right now! Just listen to the difference in her voice! She's developed her own vocal style and she’s so confident with it. We can’t wait to hear all of her new music on December 8th! 📀

Niall Horan

There must have been something in the water back in 2010, because the X-Factor gave us all of the boys in One Direction. Looking at how young and excited Niall was to be performing brings smiles to our faces. We love seeing him interact with the judges and the audience during his audition, and we’re happy to see his connection with the crowd didn’t fade as he got older! 🥰

Watching your favs grow up is like watching your best friends grow up. It’s crazy to believe that they all started out so small, just regular people who loved to make music and entertain those around them. Comparing these videos side by side, it's almost impossible to imagine our favs as their early selves. Do you have any videos of your favs’ first or latest performance? Share them with us on Instagram, X, or TikTok! We’d love to see them! 💜

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