Justin Bieber’s emotional return to the stage at the VMAs

Justin Bieber built on the excitement surrounding his first single in three years, “What Do You Mean?” by performing the hit song at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Flanked by a squad of dancers, the 21-year-old looked right at home on stage, showing off some fresh choreography and an edgy new ‘do. And it all paid off – the audience’s warm reception and standing ovation following Justin's high-energy performance left the singer in tears.

Justin performed his new hit song, “What Do You Mean?” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Photo: © Getty Images

For fans of the Stratford native, the stream of Bieber treats just keep flowing. Shortly after his performance aired on TV, the singer released the sexy new video for “What Do You Mean?” The short film stars the heartthrob alongside actor John Leguizamo and Victoria’s Secret model Xenia Deli, who is rumoured to be more than just a friend. “Thanks for always making me smile,” tweeted Justin after receiving positive feedback and kind words from his millions of Beliebers online.

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Next up for Justin is his hotly anticipated fourth album, which he promises will be released “soon.” Speaking with Ryan Seacrest in July, Justin revealed that his extended break from the music scene was much needed, saying, “I get in my head a lot and I get kind of depressed because I want it to work so badly. I want people to love it. I want to inspire people. Sometimes I wonder, ‘Is this good enough? Is this the direction I want to go?'” The album, which is expected to shoot to the top of the charts upon its release, sounds “uplifting, clear, poppy, but cool,” says Justin, who adds that he believes his new sound is like nothing that’s been done before. “I’m very excited.”

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