Justin Bieber may not have been everybody’s cup of tea in the packed Billboard Music Awards audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
But when he took to the stage to accept the Milestone Award, beating out Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, an audible chorus of boos greeted his win — and that was totally unacceptable.
No. 1, booing is totally rude; No. 2, Justin’s fans voted in such huge numbers that he received the award, so basically the audience was dissing his fans; and No. 3, Justin had just pulled off two terrific performances during the show, “Take You” and “#thatPower” with will.i.am.
So boo-ers, you were also dissing the enormous and professional efforts Justin had just made to give two dynamic performances. Boo-ers do you really think it’s fair to imply that Justin’s performances were less worthy than anyone else’s.
Listen, boo-ers: some of you may think that at 19, Justin hasn’t yet earned a Milestone award, but that is unfair. Justin has worked his tail off ever since he was discovered by Scooter Braun doing YouTube videos as a tween.
Since then, he has toured non-stop, put out three albums – My World 2.0, Under the Mistletoeand Believe – delivered a hit film, Never Say Never, recorded numerous number one singles andcreated a best-selling fragrance, plus graduated from high school- which he did while on the road, working.
Yet, Justin clearly knows that he is not taken seriously in all corners of the musical world.
No wonder he felt compelled to say, “I’m 19 years old and I think I’m doing a pretty good job.”
Face it, haters: He’s doing more than a pretty good job. He’s doing a great job!
He has performed on every top TV show from Today to The View to Ellen to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and he always gives a tremendous performance.
He’s also given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, visited gravely ill children in hospitals, befriended terminally ill 6-year-old, Avalanna Routh – also known as Mrs. Bieber — and made her short life happier.
Those are not small things.
Yes, he’s had his unfortunate moments with paparazzi and has been late to a few concerts. He’s not perfect.
But I can understand the frustrations that led him to say, “This is not a gimmick. I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously. All this other bull should not be spoken of.”
Justin Bieber is a talented artist — probably a musical prodigy — and does deserve respect for his work ethic and musical abilities.
He may have to accept that the “bull” will be talked about. When you’re a huge, wealthy, young star, people will talk if you are partying, driving too fast or arguing with your neighbor.
There are aspects of his life that need work, like everybody’s.
But Justin didn’t deserve to be booed; that’s just jealousy from some people, and it’s unfortunate.
So, Justin, don’t let it get to you! Your fans voted for you and you deserved that award. You earned it.
Now you can focus on the positive and move forward with your career and relationships. Don’t give the haters a second thought!Follow @Infocelebrity on Twitter!
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