Justin Bieber, who just released an instant jam called “Sorry” last week, already scooped up an award at tonight’s MTV EMAs. The Biebs won for Best Male, thanking his fans for their support after what he admitted has been “a long couple of years.”
“It’s awesome to be recognized for my music,” Biebs told the audience after beating out Kanye and Jason Derulo for the award. Justin has released two singles – “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean?” – from his forthcoming album Purpose so far in 2015.
This year has very much been Biebs’ comeback year. Aside from various publicity stunts to make up for his past wrongdoings and a revealing Complex cover story, Justin performed at Billboard’s first-ever Hot 100 Fest and delivered an emotional performance at the 2015 MTV VMAs, after which he cried.
Biebs has been all about quality over quantity this year. His Best Male win at the MTV EMAs goes to show that, though he didn’t release a large amount of music in 2015, the songs he has put out have been highly successful. “What Do You Mean?” became the Biebs’ first number one single, and he saw a large amount of success from his collaborative hit with Jack Ü (Skrilex and Diplo’s joint venture), “Where Are Ü Now.” It seems as though the Biebs will only go on to see more success upon the release of his highly anticipated album, out next month.
Stay tuned for the release of Purpose, and check out the dance video for “Sorry” here.