After attending the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, Justin Bieber made a groundbreaking discovery. Award shows, the kind of event where celebrities get paraded around a red carpet and then recognized for things they’re already famous for, might not be that genuine.
In an Instagram post on Monday he explained, “I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after” and “I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance.” Since that description just so happens to be the literal definition of any awards ceremony, I have to agree with Justin’s killer instinct.
He then made the incredibly astute observation that, “A lot of people in the audience there seem to be worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with,” which does seem like the obvious reaction of 99% of famous people when surrounded by other famous people and thousands of cameras. He may be onto something.
Perhaps most mind-blowing of all, he asks, “I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy.” Um, shut the front door. First of all, what is a fake smile? And second of all, why are celebrities using them without telling us?
By now you’re probably thinking, “Sign this guy up for the FBI!” or “We could use that kind of brain in medical research, “ but we all know that Justin belongs on the stage. I just hope that the artificial world of award shows doesn’t deter him from living the very authentic, relatable life of a 22-year-old popstar worth $200 million.
I don’t know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after. 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 to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don’t want to knock them I’m just looking at the vast majority. I just think to myself if I’m living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I’m getting awarded for the things that I’m doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone’s spirit lol. But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can’t feel the recognition. There’s an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.. Sorry not sorry about grammar it’s not my strong point