after justin bieber was announced as the winner of the milestone award at the 2013 billboard music awards
on sunday night, the crowd booed him
! the biebs looked a bit surprised (probably by the booing more so than winning the award) as he took the stage to accept.
during his acceptance speech, bieber seemed to be addressing those folks who booed him directly, (and perhaps his other critics as well), when he said, “i really just want to say… it should really just be about the music. it should be about the craft… this is not a gimmick… i’m an artist and i should be taken seriously.”
biebs beat out fellow finalists bruno mars and taylor swift for the milestone award. this year was the first year for the award, which was presented by chevrolet and decided based on millions of votes from fans.
bieber is no stranger to being booed. he has previously encountered booing at one of his own concerts (that he arrived to hours late), at a new york knicks basketball game, and at a canadian football game.
bieber is also no stranger to controversy. he has been in the news a lot recently for all sorts of drama, including getting caught smoking marijuana, walking around shirtless in an airport in poland, and for a video showing him involved in an altercation with a member of the paparazzi in london in march of this year.
back to the bmas: in addition to the milestone award, bieber also won awards for male artist of the year and social artist of the year. he was nominated for artist of the year, which he lost to taylor swift; as well as pop artist of the year, which was won by one direction. bieber’s album, “believe,” was nominated for pop album of the year, but was beaten by adele’s, “21.”
the biebs performed his song “take you” as well as the song “#thatpower” with will.i.am at the award ceremony, which took place in las vegas at the mgm grand garden arena.
all-in-all, 2 performances and 3 awards to bring home? not a bad night for the 19-year-old, booing or no booing.