MTV Video Music Awards, 2015
Bieber reemerged in 2015 an apologetic and regretful young man, having spent almost all of his 2014 making headlines for his bad behavior. He went on a mini-apology tour and let himself get roasted, but all the public needed was a hit song. At the VMAs, he performed the two tracks that put him not only back in the public's good graces but also made him a bigger, more mature star without gimmicks. He kept it simple and humble in a black t-shirt and trucker hat while performing his Jack Ü collaboration "Where Are Ü Now" and his own "What Do You Mean" with a group of back-up dancers and a bit of fire. While wrapping up the latter, a monologue about his "journey" and "faith" played over the dimmed stage as he was raised by a harness above a beam of light. Suddenly, the pop star broke down in tears in front of the audience amidst his live show comeback.