When the dust settles, this year’s VMAs are bound to be remembered best for the bodily functions they captured: Taylor Swift’s pre-show fart, and Justin Bieber’s post-performance tears. While it was very clear to me that Bieber was impressed both with himself and his ability to impress the audience (very much like Chris Brown at the 2010 BET Awards), there was apparently a question as to why he cried and whether those tears came from a place of true emotion. Pop culture’s bastion of sincerity, Jimmy Fallon, was on the case during last night’s Tonight Show.
During their interview, Bieber explained, “It was just so overwhelming for me, everything, just the performance. I missed some cues so I was a little disappointed at that, and just everyone...just their support. I was honestly—let me breathe for a second—I just wasn’t expecting them to support me in the way they did. Last time I was at an awards show, I was booed.”
I think he is referring to the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, when he was named the winner of the Milestone Award for Musical Ingenuity and Innovation, and the audience booed as they should have because he was receiving an award he had no business receiving. I can’t think of an award Bieber deserves less than that which honors musical ingenuity and innovation. An NAACP Image Award, maybe.
Let me breathe for a second.
Bieber continued: “I think what was so special about the emotional moment at the end is that it was authentic, it was real, it was like, I was really, like, just wanting it so bad. I don’t know.” Could we get a round of applause for Bieber’s explanation of why his emotional moment was so special? Careful, though. You might make him cry.
For his part, Fallon thought Bieber did “an amazing job” and “[really] a great job.” “What makes a man,” Fallon continued, “I think is also not how much you can fight, but after you get knocked down can you get up? And boy did you get up, and boy did you come back fighting.”
That kind of coddling is what prompts people to start resting on their laurels, and then they start sucking. Perhaps without the booing in 2013, Bieber never would have felt the need to come back and dominate the stage (with, let’s face it, a mediocre performance of two very good pop songs). Booing, for lack of a better word, is good. There should be more of it. It keeps celebs on their twinkletoes and is very fun to watch.