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Justin Bieber questions the value of “hollow” awards shows

By | Published on Wednesday 25 May 2016

Justin Bieber

Awards shows are “hollow” and “fake”. Not my words, people. The words of Justin Bieber. I would have gone with “fucking stupid”, “pointless”, and “one of the most ridiculous things humans have ever created”.

Bieber is much nicer than me though, which is why he didn’t say that. He’s the nicest. He should win a prize for being so nice. Although he probably wouldn’t enjoy receiving it, so maybe I’ll just keep it for myself. Bad luck, Bieber. He was commenting on all this specifically after others noted that he looked less than THRILLED to be at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.

“I don’t know about these award shows”, he wrote on Instagram. “I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. 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. When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow”.

He continued: “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 fulfilment”.

Noting that he recognises that he is in a “privileged and honoured” position to be considered for awards at all, he added: “In these settings I can’t feel the recognition. There’s an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder, does anybody else?”

It’s almost like awards are really just events set up to make money for the organisers and it’s mostly irrelevant who takes the awards home.