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Justin Bieber Set to Return to MTV’s Video Music Awards Stage 11 Years after First Win for Best New Artist

Junie Sihlangu
Sep 07, 2021
05:50 A.M.
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Justin Bieber is set to return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage this year after being away for more than five years. The singer will grace fans with a stunning performance when they air this month!

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On Wednesday, the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) announced on social media that Justin Bieber would be performing this year! The event revealed that this would be the first time he performs at the VMAs after six years.

The last time he was on the stage was in 2015. Bieber, 27, will rub shoulders with the award’s host, Doja Cat, and fellow performers Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello, Lil Nas X, Shawn Mendes, and Chlöe.

Justin Bieber at the Grand Opening of West Coast Customs Burbank Headquarters on December 7, 2014, in California and the MTV VMA logo | Photos: Jerod Harris/Getty Images and Wikipedia/Richardcuyar/MTV VMA/CC BY-SA 4.0

Justin Bieber at the Grand Opening of West Coast Customs Burbank Headquarters on December 7, 2014, in California and the MTV VMA logo | Photos: Jerod Harris/Getty Images and Wikipedia/Richardcuyar/MTV VMA/CC BY-SA 4.0

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Fans can also expect to see performances by Kacey Musgraves, Twenty One Pilots, Olivia Rodrigo, and more. Bieber was nominated for a whopping seven categories at this year’s awards!

The “Holy” singer might get to walk away with awards if he wins any of the following categories: Best Pop Song, Video of the Year, Best Cinematography, Best Collaboration, Best Direction, and Best Editing.

Justin Bieber seen taking a walk on September 18, 2020, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: CrownMedia/MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images

Justin Bieber seen taking a walk on September 18, 2020, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: CrownMedia/MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images

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The first time Bieber won a VMA award was in 2010, and at the time, he’d swiped the silver Moonperson trophy for the best new artist. In 2015, he had fans screaming as he performed a rendition of “What Do You Mean?”

His high energy performance that year left him out of breath and quite emotional on stage. MTV’s backstage cameras caught him as he was ushered out of the building by his security detail.

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Fans can also expect a special tribute to the Foo Fighters when the VMAs air. The rock band was set to receive the first-ever global icon award and perform on the stage for the first time since 2007.

Besides the nominations he’s got, Bieber is also up for the prestigious Artist of the Year Award. He’ll be up against Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Rodrigo.

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His many nominations aren’t the only thing the artist is celebrating at the moment. His latest single, “Stay,” from his collaboration with The Kid Laroi, has earned him the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

As of this week, the song was still leading the chart. This year’s VMAs will air live on Sunday, September 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

It will also be the first time the VMAs debut a newly redesigned Moonperson statue designed by fine artist Kehinde Wiley. The awards ceremony will also honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

The VMAs have collaborated with the 9/11 Day nonprofit on a series of events to promote positive action and awareness on the day’s 20th anniversary.

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