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.0