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article imageJustin Bieber bags 3 Billboard Awards, has 2 great performances

By Marcus Hondro     May 20, 2013 in Entertainment
A rejuvenated-looking Justin Bieber grabbed 3 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas, beating out Taylor Swift, who won 8 times, for the Milestone Award, voted on by fans. In an acceptance speech, Bieber alluded to his recent troubles.
"I'm 19 years old," he told the crowd at the MGM Grand. "I think I'm doing a pretty good job. And basically from my heart I really just want to say that it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft that I'm making."
Bieber also won for Top Male Artist and Social Artist - he's a huge contributor to charities like Pencils of Promise - and performed twice. He and will i. am. did a jacked up version of their hit ;#thatPOWER; and Bieber used an airplane motif on 'Take You.' Each were riveting performances and drew massive cheers from the crowd.
Bieber Boos and More Awards
He also got a smattering of boos when accepting his Milestone Award, perhaps because he is but 19, some may feel a little early for him to win it, but Taylor Swift is only 3 years older. The boos may also have been related to recent incidents on his 'Believe' tour in Europe, such as being late for concerts, having police in Sweden check his bus for marijuana and getting into a mini-fracas with a photographer in London. But he is clearly looking to move beyond that and did so with his performances and acceptance speech.
"This (my music) is not a gimmick," he said. "I'm an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken about." Bieber has now won 10 Billboard Music Awards in the past three years.
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