Justin Bieber: Award Shows Are “Fake”
Justin Bieber calls the experience of awards shows “fake” in a new Instagram post he wrote just hours after the Billboard Music Awards.
As Gossip Cop reported, Bieber performed a mash-up of “Company” and “Sorry” at Sunday’s BBMAs. He also won Top Male Artist (in addition to an off-camera award), and made a short speech. But many on social media accused him of appearing disinterested or bored. The singer, however, is explaining what was really going through his head in a lengthy Instagram post shared on Monday morning.
“I don’t know about these award shows,” Bieber’s long message began. “No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after.”
He went on to explain, “I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow.”
“I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really?” the superstar asked. “Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don’t want to knock them I’m just looking at the vast majority.”
Bieber continued, “I just think to myself if I’m living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I’m getting awarded for the things that I’m doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone’s spirit lol. But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!”
“I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can’t feel the recognition,” says the former child star. “There’s an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.” He added at the end, “Sorry not sorry about grammar it’s not my strong point.”
Bieber went to follow up in a second post with a photo featuring text saying, “We all get caught up in striving for the approval of others.” And award shows are certainly all about approval.