EXCLUSIVE: Scooter Braun Says Justin Bieber Makes Him 'Incredibly Proud'

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Scooter Braun can't stop gushing over his clients-turned-pals!
ET caught up with the talent manager at the fourth annual Make-A-Wish Wishing Well Winter Gala in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where he gave us an update on how Kanye West is doing following his recent hospitalization, and how Justin Bieber is feeling after receiving four GRAMMY nominations.
"[Kanye] is a fantastic individual and I am blessed to call him my friend," Braun, 35, told ET's Katie Krause. "He's doing great, thank you."
As for Bieber, Braun couldn't be more proud. The "Sorry" singer -- who will be kicking off his first-ever North American stadium tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Aug. 5 -- racked up four GRAMMY nominations earlier this week, including Album of the Year for Purpose.
"I think he and all of us are just really pleased to be acknowledged," Braun explained. "I think, first and foremost, who he's become as a young man is something that I'm the most proud of, and no nomination or award is going to change that."
"He's always under a lot of pressure, growing up in a time of social media and spotlight, and how he's handled himself and come out of it all and the young man he's become, I'm incredibly proud of that," he continued. "And I think for his peers in the artistic community to acknowledge that -- with an Album of the Year nomination and a Song of the Year nomination -- is incredibly rewarding. But it's secondary to his character."
In addition to managing West and Bieber, Braun recently signed David and Victoria Beckham's youngest son, Cruz Beckham, to his team, and is excited to see how the 11-year-old will inspire other young kids to follow in his footsteps.
"I've known him and his parents for a while," Braun told ET. "I saw him sing, and David and I had a conversation and then decided, [let's] let him have some fun. And then he made a Christmas single ["If Everyday Was Christmas"], and he actually came to us and said, 'Hey, I want to do this for charity and help other kids.'"
"And when they told me the idea, I said I'd be more than happy to help," he added. "I think everything, with the song that he put out, all the money goes to charity, to help underprivileged kids in the U.K., and I hope, as an 11-year-old, he inspires more kids to give back."
Braun, who was honored with the Humanitarian Award during Wednesday's gala, said helping others is a cause close to his heart, which is why he loves working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"I just like the work that they do … the opportunity to give a kid something special when they're fighting something so hard," he explained. "And sometimes it's something they need, and especially what their family needs."
"Some of the most amazing things I've seen have been not only the kids, but their siblings," he added. "You know, their siblings give up so much for the happiness of their brother or sister, and that's just an incredible thing to watch."