Whether Justin Bieber has gone off the rails is up for debate, but the latest odd Bieber event is arguably, well, kinda odd. Snubbed by the Grammys, the Biebs figured he'd put on a livestream event, running parallel with the music industry's awards show.
Bieber, seen smoking pot in a photo published by TMZ in January and accused recently of grabbing a fan's breast, hosted Saturday Night Live this week and after the show tweeted the following: "I'm gonna do an hour live video stream tomorrow at 8 est, I'm gonna play new music and answer questions send this to ur friend :)"
That's all, didn't so much as mention The Grammy awards, though clearly the start time of his livestream running alongside the awards show suggests that he was trying to deflect some of their audience. Happenstance? Payback? You decide.
Bieber: Livestream to compete with Grammys fails
Regardless of the Canadian pop star's intentions, there were problems with his plans because so many Beliebers tuned in that the whole scheme burned and crashed, the fate of both of the methods to conduct his livestream, TwitCam and UStream.
Bieber apologized for his inability to get the livestream up and running, first by tweeting "alright so livestream isnt working.. soo im gonna figure something out" and then shortly afterwards he wrote the following: 'So, um, I'm sorry that my UStream didn't work or my live stream didn't work, but I'm going to do a video right now so that I can play you guys some of my new music.'
So that he did, linking on his twitter page a couple of minutes of him, shirtless, apologizing to fans and playing a bit of a new track. Currently on vacation, he brought out his two small half-siblings, Jaxon and Jazmyn for a cameo, and then the 18-year-old used SoundCloud to post a brief audio of a new song he's working on, You Want Me.
Bieber and 'Believe' snubbed by Grammy awards
By way of background, despite his new album 'Believe' being released in 2012, and quickly hitting number one for a short time, and despite the record being chalk-full of hits, including Boyfriend, As Long as You Love Me and Beauty and a Beat, the little Canadian popstar who could - couldn't. He wasn't nominated for a Grammy this year.
He wasn't asked to perform at the world's premier music awards ceremony, either, and decided not to attend. The press has widely reported this as a snub but neither he nor his manager, Scooter Braun, have said he was trying to snub the Grammys.
It wasn't the first time he's been disappointed with the awards show; in 2011 he was nominated twice, his 'My World 2.0' losing out to Lady Gaga's 'Fame Monster' in the Best Pop Vocal album category and he himself losing out to the unheralded and unknown, Esparanza Spalding in the Best New Artist category. That loss seemed unjust because Spalding has been around awhile and released her first album in 2006, when Bieber was 11.
Bieber recently released 'Believe Acoustic', a collection of acoustic and live versions of songs from his Grammy-snubbed 'Believe' album, along with three new songs.