Justin Bieber won Top Male Artist at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, but he left with a bad taste in his mouth. Bieber, who has been into “sharing” on his Instagram lately, seems to have realized that the whole purpose of the awards show is simply to sell more records/movies/bring in a new TV audience. And he’s not buying it.
Bieber explained why the ceremony left him cold in the caption section of a photo of a lovely, relaxing castle and some sheep. “I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after,” he wrote. “I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with… there’s an authenticity missing that I crave!”
One great thing about Bieber is that he gets a step ahead of the trolls by coming at his argument from every angle. “No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it,” he says. “… sure there are people truly proud of others so I don’t want to knock them I’m just looking at the vast majority.”
The boy isn’t wrong; of course, any show made to air on television is going to lose some earnestness. Unfortunately, not everyone is as famous as Bieber; some people do have to smile, pose, network and beg for that screen time. Either way, he’s certainly been feeling a lot of feelings lately. Can someone direct his private jet to a beach, stat?