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Justin Bieber Booed at Billboard Music Awards

USMagazine, Monday, May 20, 2013, 5:20am (PDT)

The good news for Justin Bieber at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas: The teen pop phenom won the night's fan-voted Milestone Award. The bad news? Accepting the statue inside the MGM Grand Garden, the 19-year-old singer had to contend with boos from the audience.

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Undeterred, the "Beauty and the Beat" singer pressed on with his speech, which hinted at some of his recent public controversies. "I'm 19 years old. I think I'm doing a pretty good job," he argued, adding that it all comes back to his craft.

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As boos continued from some corners, he said, "Basically from my heart I really just want to say it really should be about the music. It should be about the craft that I'm making. This is not a gimmick, and I'm an artist, and I should be taken seriously."

The night's host, Tracy Morgan, later chastised the mean-spirited crowd. "Don't be booin' nobody, this ain't Showtime at the Apollo!"

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Bieber was philosophical about the night via Twitter. "2 performances and 2 awards. Grateful to my #Beliebers . Our awards. Love u," he wrote. "I love music, my fans, my family, my friends.. And I love The Lord . . . Blessed."

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Justin Bieber Booed at Billboard Music Awards

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