Watch: Justin Bieber Gets Booed At The 2013 Billboard Music Awards

'I'm an artist and I should be taken seriously'
You Can't Win 'Em All

Yikes! First of all, I totally forgot the Billboard Music Awards were going down last night, so I’m bummed that I missed it. And I’m also kinda bummed that I missed this! Justin Bieber took the stage to accept their first-ever Milestone Award and people started booing him like cray (he got a lot of applause too… but you could def hear those boos)! Like, during his entire acceptance speech he was getting booed! Madness. Peep the video above and click inside to read Justin‘s response, in case you can’t watch the video right now.

E! has the story:

Justin Bieber didn’t have the warmest welcome tonight.

After performing twice at the Billboard Music Awards—once solo for his hit “Take You” and once with Will.i.am for “Power”—the pop singer took the stage near the end of the night to accept the first ever Milestone Award, but along with the cheers he’s used to, Bieber was faced with some heavy booing.

Instead of heading straight to the mic, J.B. just kinda stood there a little dumbfounded, either not quite sure what to say, or just didn’t care to say anything at all.

After a few moments (which felt like a lifetime), Bieber finally said, “I’m 19 years old, I think I’m doing a pretty good job and basically, from my heart, I really wanna say it should really be about the music. It should be about the craft, the craft that I’m making.”

He continued, “This is not a gimmick. I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken of. I wanna thank my manager, Scooter Braun. I wanna thank my family at home. I wanna thank my mother, my father, I wanna thank Jesus Christ. Mom, I love you so much. Dad, I love you. Little brother and sister, I love you so much. Thank you guys so much. Fans, you’re incredible.”

Geez that was awkward. It sounds like people are unwilling to ignore the public persona Bieber has developed– he can ask folks to just make it about the music, but we’ve seen waaayyyy too many of his tattoos (like, individually… on Instagram) to do that. LOL. I mean, having a presence on social media means, in a way, taking something away from your ‘craft’ and giving people the chance to decide if they like you or not. I can think of a lot of reasons why people might have booed him (the Anne Frank thing, the Jay-Z/Cam’ron thing, the paparazzi thing) and I guess they have that right.

What do y’all think? Were people at the Billboard Awards a little hard on Bieber last night? Also, everything else aside, there are folks who just don’t like his music! It’s very possible that they were making it about the music… and still booing him. So there’s that to consider.

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  1. Rus

    HAHA he deserved it… :P

  2. Well, when you act like a douche all the time, eventually people are going to get tired of it.
    I’m sure getting booed hurts, but he’ll get over it. maybe he’ll go away for a while.

  3. Excellent point, Shannon. He is the one that puts so much of his personal life out there and in our faces, he can’t really ask everyone to ignore that and focus on his “craft.” Really, though, all I wanted to do was rip those damn sunglasses off his snub little face. C’mon, he can’t pull that off. And watching him manage his way up those steps with his pants falling down was too much. But congrats on all of those awards and hit singles at such a young age.

    • Madonna totally rocked the sunglasses on stage.

      Bieber should know better. He is no Madonna.

    • He looks like he’s trying to impersonate Bruno Mars. How about stepping away from the sunglasses and learning to play an instrument and sing without needing auto tune? Oh, and write a proper song.

  4. Amanda

    LOLLLLL.

    Hilarious.

  5. What is a milestone award?

    Personally I am not fan of Beiber, music or otherwise. But then I am not in his demographic. I can’t hate on him too much though as I had questionable taste when I was young too.

    • @Hannah, it’s an award that they made up so that Justin Bieber wouldn’t sulk at home about not being honored for having the bestest album ever.

  6. Sheradan

    He is only 19 after all. He is a smart kid and a very talented kid. He didn’t get this far by being a douche, but he has certainly let his fame and fortune go to his head and make him do douchey things. In my humble opinion he needs to take off those damn sunglasses and let his “craft” speak for itself. He needs to use his “craft” towards a good, positive outlet.

    • Since his enablers haven’t been able to get through to him about what a jerk he has been, perhaps this will clue him in?

      Secondly, I find “he’s just 19″ a horrible excuse. I know a lot of 19 year olds that are amazing people (one just got back from working on the Clinton global water project). My uncle died in war at 19 years old. I think people insult the many wonderful 19 year olds when they lower their standards to make excuses for spoiled pop stars.

  7. I don’t care for Justin either way, good or bad, but booing him on stage for getting an award that does show he accomplished something is just rude and inconsiderate. You don’t like him and think he’s a douche? That’s fine but that doesn’t give you a bitch pass to be a dick. He’s 19, he’s going to do stupid stuff and inappropriate thing and he’s not going to be perfect. I think he acted pretty well considering the situation.

    • Yes, but when non-celebrities do stupid stuff and inappropriate things, there are usually people to call them out on it. Justin doesn’t have that. It seems he surrounds himself with people who think the sun shines out of his…place where all men over 40 should get checked yearly to ensure they don’t have prostate cancer.

      The booing isn’t being a dick but giving him a healthy dose of reality.

  8. Wait, can we talk about how Taylor Swift was caught making a grossed out face when she saw Justin and Selena kissing backstage? Hahahah. Even Selena’s BFF doesn’t have time for that. I know that feel, Swift. I had to spend a year around my best friend and her douchey boyfriend.

  9. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  10. I’m starting to feel sorry for the kid. He can’t put the brakes on dbaggery to save his life. I am going to give him break, because he is in the awkward transition stage between being a kid and an adult. That phase doesn’t last forever though, and once he’s a little long in the tooth to be making age related excuses, he’d better change his game or he will never be respected as the music craftsman he wants to be. He needs a mentor who can show him how to cross the big divide. Donny Osmond might be available.

  11. ” and all this other bull should not be spoken of”

    Then “all this other bull” should not happen, or at least not be documented.

    Consequences: how do they work?!

  12. Mabel

    I’ll never understand sunglasses being worn inside. NEVER. Also, I genuinely thought that he was about to go into a rap because he kept stuttering and repeating himself.

    I was wrong.

  13. im still trying to figure out how he won any kind of milestone award. did he finally hit puberty or something?

  14. VV

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    • VV, Geez! I mean I totally could have, like, written this as if I were writing my final philosophy paper on the relationship between Sophocles’s Antigone and the maternal figure as she’s been deconstructed in Greek literature and black American fiction but I kinda figured, like, y’all would appreciate a slightly different tone. Peep game though– if this isn’t your style, I totally contribute film reviews to Paste Magazine where I use waaayyyyy bigger words and stuff.

      LOL ;)

    • Emily

      Bow down to Shannon, trolls like VV be gone! Clap clap.

    • Emily

      PS – Shannon has to use small words when writing about the Biebs in case he’s reading it – gotta stick with his maturity level.

    • Shannon, don’t ever lose your style, girl. It totally reveals your personality and your contributions very much make this blog a fun place to be. I might add, the way this was written is completely appropriate when discussing the ridiculousness that is the Biebs.

    • VV, actually, it reads as if it was written by somebody who understands how to write as if they are speaking to a friend, as opposed to verily enacting vernacular that they would nary invoke within an oral context with the decidedly determined aspirations from which they hope the general populace would glean that the scribe was an intellectual and not the dismally disappointing verbose tirade of a fool.

    • Serenity <3 <3 <3

  15. This made my week! He gets up and acts like he is gods gift to the music industry. The height of douche-baggery.

  16. Yeah, keep telling that to yourself, Biebs. Keep telling yourself that until you actually beliebe it. I think it’s kind of a joke to call himself an artist and DEMAND to be taken seriously (because that’s obviously how you get people to take you seriously) when Prince was closing the show. And KILLED IT! Sit down. Go home.

  17. This is so great. If you have to remind people you are an artist and should be taken seriously, obviously you realize you are neither.

  18. Balito

    LOL… I wonder how the Bieber’s gonna be when he is Kanye West old!!! God can only knows…. :S

  19. I’ve never been a big Beiber fan, but I heard “Baby” on the radio yesterday and it made me miss the good ol’ days when he was just a cute little kid singing catchy, bubblegum songs and flipping his bangs in his eyes.

  20. Kiki1976

    John Lennon, Etta James, Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding…all rolling over in their graves at these so-called artists who rely on autotune to sell records and can’t even perform live. It’s pretty shameful what is considered ‘talent’ these days. Respect yourself and do some work, kid.

  21. cutitout

    “I think I’m doing a pretty good job ”

    “I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken of”

    Two things better left unsaid and he crammed both of them into an acceptance speech for a made-up award that he did not deserve. He is arrogant and delusional. The fact is, HE LOST AT PUBERTY so he was not able to make his Usher/Justin Timberlake style post 18 years old transition into a young male sex symbol so he and his camp have been leaking “bad-boy” stuff (drinking, sexy models, pot) onto the internet to see if that sexy’s him up but he still smells like similac and baby powder, its just mixed with the smell of axe body spray, hair product and leather pants.

    I can’t with him. He is not an artist he is the record label’s product, cash cow and whore.

    HO, SIT DOWN!

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