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Watch Justin Bieber Get Booed at Billboard Awards: "I'm an Artist and I Should Be Taken Seriously," He Says

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Justin Bieber didn't have the warmest welcome tonight.

After performing twice at the Billboard Music Awards—once solo for his hit "Take You" and once with Will.i.am for "Power"—the pop singer took the stage near the end of the night to accept the first ever Milestone Award, but along with the cheers he's used to, Bieber was faced with some heavy booing.

Instead of heading straight to the mic, J.B. just kinda stood there a little dumbfounded, either not quite sure what to say, or just didn't care to say anything at all.

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After a few moments (which felt like a lifetime), Bieber finally said, "I'm 19 years old, I think I'm doing a pretty good job and basically, from my heart, I really wanna say it should really be about the music. It should be about the craft, the craft that I'm making."

He continued, "This is not a gimmick. I'm an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken of. I wanna thank my manager, Scooter Braun. I wanna thank my family at home. I wanna thank my mother, my father, I wanna thank Jesus Christ. Mom, I love you so much. Dad, I love you. Little brother and sister, I love you so much. Thank you guys so much. Fans, you're incredible."

Bieber didn't let the unfavorable reaction get him too down. Once the show was over, he went over to Twitter to once again thank those close to his heart, tweeting, "2 performances and 2 awards. Grateful to my . Our awards. Love u...I love music, my fans, my family, my friends.. And I love The Lord"

Tune in to E! News tomorrow for more coverage from the Billboard Music Awards at 7 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.

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