Justin Bieber Slams 'Hollow' Billboard Music Awards in Instagram Rant: 'There's an Authenticity Missing'
By John Boone
This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.
If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.
Justin Bieber Goes on Instagram Rant Over 'Hollow' Awards Shows
Hailey Bieber Shuts Down Speculation That Justin Was Yelling at …
Listen to Britney Spears Sing 'Lonely' Amid On-Going Conservator…
Billie Eilish Says Justin Bieber Helps Her Manage Fame
Britney Spears Speaks Out Against Sister Jamie Lynn in New Insta…
Simone Biles Thanks Fans for Their Support After Withdrawing Fro…
Cardi B Shares Her 'Fat Baby' Pregnancy Cravings
Camila Cabello’s ‘Don’t Go Yet’ Music Video Is an ‘80s Dream!
Pregnant Cardi B Dances Up Against Husband Offset at Daughter Ku…
Cardi B Sings Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ as She Discusses Her Pr…
Cardi B Continues Kulture's 3rd Birthday Celebration With Roller…
2021 ESPY Awards: All the Must-See Celeb Moments From the Red Ca…
Summer 2021’s Biggest Movie, TV and Music Releases: Everything Y…
Blake Shelton Wrote Gwen Stefani a Wedding Song, Lady Gaga Unvei…
Wells Adams Talks ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ and Possibly Taking Ove…
‘Harriet the Spy’: Michelle Trachtenberg and Rosie O’Donnell Goo…
Cardi B and Offset Celebrate Daughter Kulture’s 3rd Birthday Wit…
Vivica A. Fox Auditioned 6 Times Before She Was Cast in ‘Indepen…
John Krasinski Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of 'A Quiet Pla…
'Gossip Girl': ET's First Interviews With Blake Lively, Penn Bad…
Turns out Justin Bieber really wasn't having a good time at the Billboard Music Awards.
The 22-year-old pop star delivered an electrifying performance of his "Sorry" and "Company" and won Top Male Artist during Sunday's show, but fans couldn't help but notice every time a camera cut to Bieber, he didn't exactly look thrilled to be there.
"I don't know about these award shows," Bieber admitted in a lengthy Instagram rant on Monday. "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."
"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," he wrote alongside a photograph of sheep. "When I'm doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time!"
Bieber also explained why he was never seen smiling in the crowd during the show:
These award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? 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. 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.
"I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers [but] in these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else," he concluded, before adding an important note: "Sorry not sorry about grammar it's not my strong point."
It's a far cry from the "endearing" enthusiasm the Purpose artist showed during a rehearsal for the show, when a source told ET he was "super into" his performance. Either way, Bieber didn't stick around long after making his brief acceptance speech, as a source backstage spotted him leaving the venue "pretty hastily" afterward.
"He was just ready to go," we're told. "He wasn't talking to anyone at all."
Before his Instagram rant, Bieber posted a few good-natured shots from the show, including one from his performance that he captioned, "I look like a baby."