Thursday was a big day for Austin Mahone, a pop singer on the brink of stardom.
The 17-year-old, who was discovered via viral videos on YouTube (just like teen idol Justin Bieber) and has opened for pop/country superstar Taylor Swift, announced he will headline MTV's Artist To Watch Tour which starts in Miami Oct. 17 and stops in Tampa on Oct. 19.
Mahone, who's been compared to Tampa's-own Aaron Carter, also appeared Thursday on the season finale of Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush."
And if that wasn't enough, he performed a small selection of songs for radio prize winners Thursday at the Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach. Radio station WFLZ, 93.3 FM sponsored the intimate concert.
Mahone's "What About Love" video earned him a nomination in the Artist to Watch category at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.