"I remember being that unsigned artist sitting and staring at YouTube views -- looking at the counter," Shontelle told Mashable. "If you get just two more views, you get excited."
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Now, the 27-year-old singer will join forces with three of YouTube's talented musicians for a performance at the 3rd Streamy Awards, a live-streamed ceremony honoring online video content. The show -- hosted by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick -- will stream Feb. 17.
Shontelle revealed she'll be singing "Impossible," a song recently covered on the U.S. and British versions of The X Factor, with Kurt Hugo Schneider, Sam Tsui and Savannah Outen.
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Meanwhile, Vanilla Ice will light up the stage with Chester See, DeStorm, Mike Tompkins and Epic Rap Battles' Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist.
Nominees, many of whom have previously appeared in Mashable coverage, will compete in a slew of categories for music, news, drama, comedy, fashion and more.
"There needed to be an award show for online video," Shontelle said. "It's to a point where people are putting real good production into stuff."
Shontelle noted Maddie Jane's slick video for her version of "Impossible," for example, has attracted 42 million views in roughly two years since being posted on YouTube.
"There are covers of 'Impossible' that have as many views as mine," Shontelle acknowledged. "It makes me feel good as an artist that people are relating to my music."
The Streamy Awards comes from the minds at Tubefilter and Dick Clark Productions, which puts on other specials such as the American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
Tickets to attend the Streamys at the Hollywood Palladium will be available closer to Feb. 17.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.
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