Justin Bieber and his fans ruffled by James Corden
Bieber-maniacs happy to see their boy win a Brit – but what’s with the host’s man-crush?
Justin Bieber's raging army of pre-pubescent fans, who tore up Twitter after the pop sensation was cruelly snubbed at the Grammys on Sunday, was partially placated on Tuesday night when their hero was finally given some recognition at the Brits.
The Canadian teenager won the award for best international breakthrough act at the ceremony at the O2. However, his treatment at the hands of host James Corden was cause for more resentment among his hard-to-please followers.
Interviewing Bieber during the live show, the comedian told him: "You smell amazing! How old are you?" He then complimented him on his eyes and stroked his face.
The 16-year-old seemed a little taken aback by Corden's forthright manner but reacted with hard-nosed showbiz professionalism. Asked how old he was, Bieber proudly announced that he would be turning 17 in two weeks. He declared he was "really excited" to be in England and drew cheers by, predictably, announcing that he was "really into" the British music industry's latest darling, Jessie J.
Bieber's fans seemed disturbed by Corden's apparent 'man-crush' on the young star and many tweeted their disapproval of his manner. Others, less enamoured of the teenage pop sensation, applauded the comedian for making the teenager look at least slightly uncomfortable.
The most excruciating moment of the night also featured Bieber, whose red carpet interview with the earnest Peter Andre ground to a nightmarish halt when the Australian completely lost his train of thought.
The pair stood staring at each other in agonising silence for several seconds before Andre regained some of his composure, having kicked off the interview in the mistaken belief that Bieber would be presenting, rather than accepting, an award.
All-in-all, the massed ranks of Bieber fans were satisfied by the young star's treatment in London, and no-one was afforded the kind of savage flaming that was dished out to the organisers of the Grammys and the unfortunate Esperanza Spalding on Sunday. She received death threats and had her Wikipedia page vandalised after beating Bieber to the best newcomer award at the ceremony. ·
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