Everyone catches up with Justin Bieber.
At the 2021 MTV VMAs, Bieber was crowned Artist of the Year, closing an insurgent run that led him to release a new album, Justice, starring in Drake’s “Popstar” video and reaching number 1 with both his contagious song “Peaches” and his collaboration with The Kid Laroi, “Stay”. And he was ready to meet the moment. In accepting his latest Moonperson Trophy, he spoke about this moment while making sure to share it with those around him, namely his wife, Hailey, and a great inspiration: Travis Scott.
“I look over here and I see my beautiful wife, and I just want to say that I love you so much,” he said, sporting a big jacket and a hoodie. “Travis Scott, man, you inspire me so much. Thanks for being you.”
(FYI: Travis won the award for best hip-hop not long after, so maybe he sent in good luck!)
Bieber also made sure to take a moment to think about not just his moment, but the moment we all are. “As we know, there is so much going on in the world as we speak,” he said, holding his Moonperson. “We are currently living through an unprecedented period. “
Biebs used his platform during his own moment of optimism to point to a hopeful future – and shout out the role of music in that.
“Music is an incredible opportunity and an incredible outlet to be able to reach people so that we can bring us all together,” he continued. “That’s why we’re here right now. We’re all here together. We have a lot more in common than we don’t. I look around here and see so many beautiful faces. I really believe the better is yet to come. “
Bieber beat Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift in the category. He was the artist nominated for the most VMAs this year, with seven. And he helped kick off the show with a celestial joint performance with The Kid Laroi.
And honestly? He’s probably the only guy in VMA who could make that adjustment. He really did the damn thing.
The 2021 VMAs are broadcast live on MTV from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Find the full list of winners here and stay up to date with all of the biggest VMA moments of the night!