Justin Bieber Just Bagged The VMA For 2021 Artist of the Year

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber can now add an 'Artist Of The Year' Moon Person to his trophy cabinet!

Nobody does it better than Biebs. The former Canadian teen sensation has come a hell of a long way since ‘Baby’, and tonight’s Artist of the Year win – his second of the night, following a win in the Best Pop category – exemplifies that better than anything.

Justice, released earlier in the year, might just be his best full-length project to date, with hits like “Peaches (feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon)” and his recent Kid LAROI collab “Stay” ensuring that he stays hot on the charts for many a month to come.

As he slouched his way up to the stage to accept his second Moon Person for the evening from UFC star Conor McGregor, a humbled Bieber kept things subdued as he addressed the crowd, making a number of clunky COVID remarks and making shout outs to his wife Hailey and a very inconspicuous Travis Scott.

Sure, we totally thought Olivia Rodrigo was a shoo-in for this one, and that “COVID thing” line and his weird ’90s Brooklyn hip-hop inspired ‘fit might have been a little cringey, but there’s no denying the monster year that Justin’s had. Big congrats to the man!

Catch the full VMAs performance line-up here, and make sure to catch the 2021 MTV Music Video Awards live on Monday, September 13 from 8:30am AEST and follow our coverage live right here at MTV.com.au.

Written by Will Brewster, a Melbourne-based writer and producer. Follow him on Twitter @_willbrewster.

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