Having just scooped the award for Top Male Artist at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards you’d think Justin Bieber would’ve been pretty happy – he was not.
The Canadian pop icon took to Instagram following the show to slam the ‘fake’ nature of award ceremonies…
I don’t know about these award shows… No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support.
But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance.
A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with.
When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time. But these award shows seem so hollow.
I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy.
Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don’t want to knock them I’m just looking at the vast majority.
I just think to myself if I’m living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfilment.
I’m getting awarded for the things that I’m doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone’s spirit lol.
But when I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight.
I am privileged and hounored to be recognised by my peers but in these settings I can’t feel the recognition.
There’s an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.
You can see where he is coming from to an extent – award shows are a bit of a circle jerk for the celebrities present.
But then again, if that’s how he feels, just don’t go. The heart doesn’t exactly bleed for a hugely successful popstar when they’re being congratulated on their success.
Heads had already been turned earlier in the night by Biebs’ curt acceptance speech.
As reported by the Daily Star, he said in his speech:
I’m not really a talker, but I’ll say thank you to my family.
I want to thank God. I want to thank everyone that believed in me and believes in me.
Well Justin, if you genuinely prefer performing for Beliebers at non-televised gigs to being told how great you are, fair play to you – and that is not something I ever anticipated saying about the 22-year-old.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.