Justin Bieber underscored the unifying power of music amid the pandemic as he won Best Pop Song and Artist of the Year at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) held 12 September at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York.
“There’s so much going on with the world as we speak,” said the 27-year-old Canadian pop superstar. “We are in an unprecedented time with this Covid thing… It’s not a Covid thing, it’s a big deal…”
He added: “Music is such an amazing opportunity, an amazing outlet to reach people… and bring us all together… We got a lot more in common than we don’t.
His last VMA appearance was six years ago in 2015, when he performed ‘What Do You Mean’ from his then new album Purpose.
Out of seven nominations, Bieber bagged two Moonman statues for his song “Peaches” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon; as Artist of the Year, he bested Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift.
Opening the program, Bieber delivered a dynamic performance of “Stay” with Kid Laroi, followed by a vigorous rendition of “Ghost,” a track off his 2021 album Justice.
His last VMA appearance was six years ago in 2015, when he performed “What Do You Mean” from his then new album Purpose.