MTV Video Music Awards, 2010
Biebz attended his first VMAs as a presenter in 2009, but by the following year's ceremony, he was the world's biggest male pop star and was well aware of that power. He showed up with a Beatle-esque flair, hopping out of a red Corvette in dark shades and a letterman jacket to a crowd of screaming girls who chased him to the outdoor stage. Backed by a crew of male dancers in matching cardigans as well as a steady stream of teenage screams, the pop savant performed not just one hit but a medley of three. A "U Smile" intro transitioned into "Baby," then "Somebody to Love." For the performance of the latter, a tiny Bieber was joined by an even tinier crew of dancers. He even performed a drum solo for a sleek, star-making turn.