Justin Bieber Gets Booed, Pouts at Billboard Awards

Also manages to gross out Taylor Swift
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2013 9:30 AM CDT

Quite a few gossip outlets are gleefully crowing today that Justin Bieber got booed last night while accepting the Milestone Award at the Billboard Music Awards. (Though the cheers from the Beliebers in the audience seem to drown out a lot of the boos in the video, Vulture notes that the jeering was so obvious in the auditorium itself that host Tracy Morgan commented on it.) Sample headlines:

  • TMZ: Justin Bieber—BOOED at Billboard Music Awards
  • Vulture: Justin Bieber Collects Award, Publicly Sulks, Gets Booed
  • The Stir: Justin Bieber Booed at Billboard Music Awards, Making for a Very Awkward Acceptance Speech

As for that "very awkward" acceptance speech, here it is: "I'm 19 years old. I think I'm doing a pretty good job. And basically, from my heart, I really just want to say, it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft, the craft that I'm making. 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." TMZ also notes that Bieber didn't sit with on-again/off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez at the ceremony, and Gomez didn't stand up when Bieber won Top Male Artist. But Gomez and Bieber were photographed kissing backstage, and in a moment that may cause you to actually appreciate Taylor Swift, Swift made a pretty awesome "ew" face as she spotted the PDA. Click to see. (More Billboard Music awards stories.)

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