Justin Bieber faced a tough home crowd Sunday night at the Juno Awards, Canada's biggest music awards ceremony. Justin, 20, won the Juno Fan Choice Award at the ceremony held in Winnipeg. Bieber wasn't actually present to accept the honor, but when his name was announced, it was met with a mixture of cheers and boos at the MTS center.
Once the favorite son fellow Canadians, Sunday night's jeers points up how the tide has changed for Justin Bieber even north of the border. But thankfully for him, fellow Canadian artist Serena Ryder stood up for him, according to The Hollywood Reporter on March 31.
Ryder was accepting her Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year when she decided to stick up for Justin.
"I really think that 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, and we need to support how awesome he is," Ryder said.
One interesting note is that Justin is the first lone artist to have four Top 40 singles before even releasing an album. And he's the youngest singer to have five No.1 albums in the U.S., according to the Guardian Liberty Voice.
Still, in the wake of the recent petition to deport the pop star north to his native Canada, it's looking like they don't want him back either.
Likely it's Bieber's year-long spree of bad behavior and alleged drug use that's turned the home crowd against him. Not that many already weren't already dissing the young singer for catering to the tween-girl fans.
Justin still faces charges after allegedly egging a neighbor's Calabasas mansion, was recently charged with a DUI in Miami Beach and is facing a separate assault charge of a limo driver in Toronto.
Canada's Olympic women's curling team took the stage to accept the Fan Choice Award on behalf of the 20-year-old superstar amid the booing.