1.Ari was already known for her role as Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, but it was her YouTube videos that got her signed. The rest is history, thanks to a pal who brought Ariana’s YouTube covers to Republic Records CEO Monte Lipman.

2.Shawn became famous on Vine before he became a big pop artist, but he got his start on YouTube. He had been uploading videos since he was in eighth grade!

3.Ed began his career performing at local venues and frequently uploading recordings of himself singing to YouTube, where he garnered a large following. He wouldn’t achieve real mainstream popularity until he was found on Jamie Foxx’s Sirius radio show and signed a record deal, but YouTube was one of the first places where he won admirers!

4.Just a year after the site was introduced, Bo’s comedic song “My Whole Family” became popular on YouTube. He just intended to share the footage with his college-aged brother. He continued to post his songs on YouTube and eventually an agent’s assistant found him.

5.When Ellen DeGeneres’ team found Charlie’s version of “Someone Like You” on YouTube, he was a student at Berklee College of Music. He was welcomed at the gig and signed to his record label, and as his reputation grew he continued to submit songs to YouTube. He would later perform alongside Meghan Trainor and sing on the Fast and Furious/Paul Walker tribute “See You Again”. Many of his old videos have now been deleted, however, some of his old comedy songs can still be found on the internet.

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