Justin Bieber wins artist of the year at star-packed MTV VMAs

triblive.com
4 min read
easy
The MTV VMAs have embraced "Bieber fever." Justin Bieber won artist of the year and kicked off Sunday's ceremony with an energetic performance that featured him rappelling from the ceiling of Barclays Center" and launching into "Stay" with Kid LAROI and his single "Ghost." The leading nominee heading into Sunday's
TribLIVE's Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox.

The MTV VMAs have embraced "Bieber fever."

Justin Bieber won artist of the year and kicked off Sunday's ceremony with an energetic performance that featured him rappelling from the ceiling of Barclays Center" and launching into "Stay" with Kid LAROI and his single "Ghost."

The leading nominee heading into Sunday's show, Bieber also took home the best pop song honor with Giveon for "Peaches."

Congrats to @JustinBieber for winning Artist Of The Year at the 2021 #VMAs! pic.twitter.com/taTycEqyNJ — MTV (@MTV) September 13, 2021

The VMAs celebrated MTV's 40th anniversary, mixing moments between early network stars like Cyndia Lauper and show opener Madonna with high-octane performances by newer stars like Olivia Rodrigo, Camila Cabello and Chloe.

But much of the evening, so far, belonged to Bieber. Sunday was his first VMAs performance in six years, and he is also competing for other top honors like video of the year for "POPSTAR."

Sporting baggy clothes and a hoodie, Bieber showed his appreciation for the awards being in-person and thanked his wife, Hailey, for supporting him.

"As we know, there's so much going on in the world," Bieber said during his acceptance speech after winning artist of the year. "We are in unprecedented times with covid. Music is an amazing outlet to reach people together. We're all here together."

Opening the show, Madonna told the…
Associated Press
Read full article