Justin Bieber Turns on the Waterworks for Emotional AMAs Finale

by Zach Seemayer 10:27 PM PST, November 22, 2015
Playing Justin Bieber Turns on the Waterworks for Emotional AMAs Finale

At the American Music Awards on Sunday, it rained on Justin Bieber's parade when the 21-year-old singer closed out the show with a sopping-wet, show-stopping performance of three of his latest hits.

Bieber has started to get a reputation for crying on stage since his big comeback at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, but the staged torrential downpour during his performance made it impossible to see if the emotional singer actually shed any tears.

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The performance started when a very casually dressed Bieber took the stage after the last award of the night had been given out, and kicked things off with a low-key, acoustic version of "What Do You Mean?"

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The glow sticks came out and the audience turned into one undulating mass of neon as Bieber transitioned into his EDM-heavy collaboration with Skillex and Diplo, "Where Are U Now," which also won the AMA for Collaboration of the Year.

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And then came the waterworks! As Bieber broke into an emotional rendition of "Sorry," the singer found himself drenched in a heavy rainfall that cascaded over the stage and his back-up dancers.

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With water running over his face and soaking him to the bone, it almost doesn't matter if he was sobbing or not -- the emotion was palpable.

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Bieber, whose latest album, Purpose, was released earlier this month, spoke with ET about his string of tearful performances, explaining, "Good cries, bad cries, just all around being emotional. I think it just shows how much I care [about this album]." Hear more from Bieber about the benefits of a hearty cry.