Justin Bieber has had an impressive resume of great awards show performances that have helped him rise to superstardom, and even marked poignant portions of the young singer’s career. Performing on TV isn’t the same as sold-out stadiums, but as Bieber has shown us time and time again, he can handle the pressure of both.
Whether he’s just on his acoustic guitar or hanging from the rafters for a bigger number, Bieber delivers during these televised appearances. It certainly lets audiences know why he’s such a huge star. So, we’ve collected his five best awards show performances right here:
1. 2010 Teen Choice Awards: “U Smile”
Bieber couldn’t make the 2010 Teen Choice Awards because he was in the middle of his My World tour. But considering he was the biggest artist in the world at this point in his career, the ceremony went to him. He was presented with a TCA surfboard trophy by Shaquille O’Neal, then performed his song “U Smile” to millions of viewers.
2. 2013 Billboard Music Awards: “Take You”
Nearly a year after the release of his album, Believe, Bieber performed the single “Take You” at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Also, Bieber was about to hit a low point in his life, involving plenty of controversy and even an arrest. Nonetheless, he gave one of his best performances, even if it was the start of a bad time for Bieber.
“I’m 19 years old… 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 that I’m making, and… this is not a gimmick, this is not a gimmick. I’m an artist, and I should be taken seriously. All this other bull should not be spoken of.”
You can watch Bieber getting booed and then giving his acceptance speech right here.
3. 2016 Brit Awards: ‘Love Yourself’ & ‘Sorry’
Accompanied by James Bay on guitar, Bieber performed the number-one single “Love Yourself.” Though he was performing in the O2 Arena, it looked and sounded like an intimate scene. Hearing the crowd sing along really makes it special, too.
And then it gets explosive when he breaks into his second song of the night, “Sorry.” His second second number-one single off of the album Purpose, proved to be the biggest part of the awards ceremony. With flames surrounding Bieber and his group of performers, it’s arguably one of his most memorable performances.
4. 2016 Grammys: ‘Love Yourself’ & ‘Where Are Ü Now’
At the 2016 Grammy Awards, Bieber performed his song “Love Yourself,” playing the acoustic guitar himself this time. This year at the Grammys, that song is nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
We’ll see how his latest album, Purpose, does when it comes to the Grammys this year. The album is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. This was a full-band performance, featuring the other collaborators.
5. 2015 MTV VMAs: ‘Where Are Ü Now’ & ‘What Do You Mean’
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards would feature Bieber’s most emotional performances to date. Perhaps it was because he performed “What Do You Mean,” which was Bieber’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This milestone made Bieber the youngest artist to achieve this, earning him another Guinness World Record.
It was also another turning point in the artist’s career. He was atoning for his sins, you can say, and during this TV appearance, Bieber broke down and cried. It might be his best performance. You can watch Bieber’s performance right here.
Here are some Twitter reactions to Bieber’s emotional performance: