TORONTO — Justin Bieber didn’t attend the Juno Awards on Sunday but got booed by the crowd inside Winnipeg’s MTS Centre when his name was read as winner of the Fan Choice award.
The audience reaction lit up social media and thrust the 20-year-old pop star into the headlines Monday morning.
Juno co-host Serena Ryder took exception to the diss.
“Justin Bieber is an amazing musician and he deserved every bit of that award because he’s been working his ass off his entire life,” she said, “and we need to support how awesome he is. He’s great. He’s amazing.”
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Backstage, Juno winners Tegan and Sara also defended Bieber and called the chorus of boos “not very Canadian.”
“He’s been famous since he was a little kid,” Tegan told reporters. “He’s made some mistakes, but God knows Sara and I have made actually way worse mistakes when we were teenagers and we weren’t famous.”
Bieber, who has been in Toronto working on new music, reacted on Twitter by thanking the fans who voted for him.
“We won #JUNOFanChoice for the 4th year in a row! Love to all my beliebers. Thank u. Love u,” he tweeted.
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