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10 Great Justin Bieber Award Show Performances

From the Teen Choice Awards in 2010 to last year’s VMAs, Bieber is in his element on live TV.

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From the Teen Choice Awards in 2010 to last year's VMAs, Justin Bieber is in his element at televised awards shows.

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At 21 years old, Justin Bieber has an impressive resume as a live performer. His first world tour had the young star playing sold-out arenas at age 16; this year, he's bigger than ever after his latest album, Purpose, produced three Number One singles. Before he takes the stage at the Grammys next week, take a look back at some of Bieber's best televised performances at the Grammys and other awards shows.

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American Music Awards, 2012

Bieber pulled his classic performance move of beginning with an acoustic take on a more upbeat hit before launching into a party-like performance at the 2012 AMAs. After being introduced by his friend Carly Rae Jepsen, Biebz slowed down "As Long As You Love Me" – again including Big Sean's rap verse – before demanding that the audience get out of their seats before launching into a more dynamic, over-the-top take on "Beauty and a Beat," complete with a set covered in boomboxes and his name projected in cartoonish graffiti behind him. He invited Nicki Minaj on stage and got a little flirtatious as they sang and pantomimed grinding.

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MuchMusic Video Awards, 2012

Canada gave a warm welcome home to Bieber at the MMVAs in 2012, a year in which he reached even more unprecedented heights with his career. His performance of Believe singles "All Around the World" and "Boyfriend" were celebratory and came complete with confetti, a crying fan and one pink bra thrown on to the stage and left at the teenage pop star's feet as he danced through the pair of songs.

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Billboard Music Awards, 2013

The biggest predictor of Bieber's very grown but also brief Journals era was the Believe track "Take You," a sexy R&B slow-burner that he performed at the BBMAs a year after releasing the album and at the beginning of his most controversial era – a time which would later include an arrest and many, many apologies. For one of his most mature award show appearances yet, Bieber entered the stage clad in leather and from a spaceship-like structure. He was surrounded by a team of goth flight attendant dancers for a travel-themed performance that let him show off a more sultry side of him. At the same ceremony, he also joined Will.I.Am for their collaboration "#ThatPower" and accepted one of the first ever Milestone Award – during which he was booed.

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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.

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American Music Awards, 2015

Bieber returned to his typical award show form for the 2015 AMAs, giving an acoustic version of "What Do You Mean" before launching into his Jack Ü collaboration. In a hoodie, ripped jeans and a trucker hat, he let his moves speak for themselves as the audience held up glowsticks. Afterwards, the rain came pouring down as he performed "Sorry" completely soaked and splashing through the stage puddles.

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