Apparently tens of millions of Beliebers are not enough to make pop star Justin Bieber feel like he's a serious artist. At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, Bieber took the stage to accept his fan-voted Milestone Award award and was met with boos from the audience.
After a long pause, Bieber felt the need to defend himself, saying, "I'm 19 years old. I think I'm doing a pretty good job."
He continued, "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."
Even host Tracy Morgan came to Bieber's defense, saying after the speech, "Don't be booin' nobody, this ain't 'Showtime at the Apollo.'"
Bieber was also facing some close monitoring on awards night, as he and on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez were rumored to be sitting together at the ceremony. After being asked about the rumor via Twitter, host Tracy Morgan gave his own answer by tweeting a photo of himself showing Gomez and Bieber's seat cards next to each other.
But the superstars ended up sitting separately: Bieber with his entourage, and Selena in the neighboring section with her BFF, Taylor Swift. During Bieber's acceptance speech for his Top Male Artist win, Selena's entire row opted to not give him a standing ovation, while most of the people behind them did. (Chris Brown did the same to Frank Ocean after losing the Best Urban Contemporary Album category to Ocean at the Grammys this past February.)
Cameras cut to Selena during Bieber's speech, and while she was smiling pleasantly, Swift might've outed her by giving Bieber her own smirking glare and and Gomez some knowing glances.