Justin Bieber a divisive presence at 2013 Billboard Music Awards

As Justin Bieber accepted an award voted on by fans at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards ceremony, there were boos in the audience. The young performer had this to say:

“I’m 19 years old; I think I’m doing a pretty good job. And basically from my heart I really just want to say it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft that I’m making. This is not a gimmick. I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken.”

The annual ceremony, which celebrates performers’ success on Billboard charts, was broadcast live from Las Vegas. Taylor Swift won the award for top artist, along with seven other trophies. For video of the performances, and for more memorable moments from the ceremony, continue reading here.

At The Style Blog, Cara Kelly writes that most of the performers’ fashion choices were predictable:

The big personalities stayed in their comfort zones, even if those zones involve abstaining from pants (Madonna). Most opted for looks that have become their uniform of sorts as if stepping outside their costumes would dilute their personal brand. . .

Perhaps the most pleasantly off-beat looks came from Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. Cyrus’s black and white Balmain jumpsuit was quirky, in keeping with the tone of the event, yet perfectly tailored and complementary to the mod-inspired style she has embraced as of late.

Gomez’s white Atelier Versace was flattering, with pops of visual interest in the neon neck and arm trims, as well as mesh cut-outs. (Read more here.)

Max Ehrenfreund is a blogger on the Financial desk and writes for Know More and Wonkblog.
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