Look, we understand why people don’t like Justin Bieber. But for people to dislike him strongly enough to expend energy actually booing him at a function as stale as the Billboard Music Awards? That was a little odd. I mean, nobody booed Chris Brown last night! Only, like, two people booed Kid Rock for having the audacity to insult the night’s lip-synchers. But a sizable number of people booing Bieber for winning a fan-voted award? That was strange.
Bieber himself seemed a little flummoxed as the rumble of boos cascaded down, and he went off-script, saying, “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.” Using the C-word surely didn’t help is cause, and he continued, “This is not a gimmick, I’m not — I’m an artist, and I should be taken seriously. And all this other bull should not be spoken of.” Watch up top — the drama starts at 1:30.