The Truth About Justin Bieber

January 27, 2014

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If you’re a hater, you can’t handle the truth.

Because the truth is, first and foremost, Justin Bieber is a musician (and an insanely good one at that). A musician whose walls are plastered with multiple platinum records and whose shelves are groaning under the weight of music awards.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is his raison d’être. Ultimately, your opinion of him will not change the fact he is a gifted artist (and I happen to think he’s a good guy, but then I pay attention to all the good he does on top of the day job).

Justin’s love of music inspires me, he lives and breathes music. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more formidable work ethic than that found in the 19-year-old Canadian, and yes dear haters, he does indeed sing live.

In celebration of the music, I’m taking a look back at some of my personal favourite live musical moments in the singer/songwriter’s career so far!

 2009 and a fifteen-year-old Justin Bieber sings the Stevie Wonder hit ‘Someday At Christmas’ to the President of the United States.  He may have been small in stature, but his big voice powered through the song and wowed the crowd.

August 2010 and a 16-year-old Justin is rocking the stage at Madison Square Gardens as part of the ‘My World’ Tour and is joined on stage by his childhood heroes, Boyz II Men.  The result was an astonishing performance of ‘U Smile’ – a fan favourite.

2011 and Justin opens his Grammy performance with a gorgeous acoustic snippet of his hit song ‘Baby’ perfectly showcasing his melodic maturity, even then!  The singer goes on to thrill the audience with a  performance of ‘Never Say Never’ with pal Jaden Smith, finally joining his mentor and friend Usher on his hit ‘OMG’.

December 2011 now, and the 17-year-old joins Stevie Wonder on stage for the US X Factor finale and belts out a delightful rendition of ‘The Christmas Song’ –  a Christmas classic which Justin covered for his 2011 album ‘Under The Mistletoe’.

Sticking with Christmas 2011, Justin shows off his piano playing skills as he covers The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ in the middle of  New York’s’ Times Square for New Years Eve and is joined on stage by guitar legend Carlos Santana.  It’s a powerful, impassioned performance from the Canadian who has always cited The Beatles as one of his many inspirations.

Singing at the legendary Massey Hall in Toronto in 2011, Justin and his wonderful guitarist Dan Kanter re-work the ‘My World’ dance hit ‘Somebody To Love’ into a quirky little reggae number.  The singer went with no set list, just his guitar a piano (and of course, Dan) and provided an improvised two hours of music to the lucky crowd.


Mexico 2012 and our man Bieber sings the beautiful ‘Die in Your Arms’ from the ‘Believe’ album to a 300,000 strong crowd as part of a free concert. The singer posted a message right before he went on stage saying he couldn’t believe he could be “loved this much” . Well you are loved Biebs and we do care.

The Radio 1 Teen Awards 2012 and the singers’ graceful vocals float through the Believe hit ‘As Long As You Love Me’. This particular song also had one of the most dramatic and powerful moments during the ‘Believe’ Tour, featuring as it did, a spine-tingling moment at the end of the performance where the fans in the crowd chanted the song back to the singer.

Last but not least, 27th February 2013 and the 18-year-old sings ‘Fall’ at the Birmingham NIA as part of the extraordinary ‘Believe’ tour. This was the concert I attended, so it’s a real personal favourite and it’s an experience I will never forget.

The truth is, when someone has the music in them, there is no limit to what they can achieve and this is by no means a definitive list. The fact is, Justin has performed live so many times that I could spend weeks writing about my favourites. Limiting myself to just a handful for the purposes of this article was very difficult!

Please let us know which of Justin’s live performances are your favourites at @weknowthedj and we’ll retweet some!

In the meantime, I would just like to say a huge thank you to Justin for the music and I look forward to more in the future.

-Lucy Jenkins.






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