Justin Bieber Grammy Snub: Singer Says 'I Don't Need A Grammy'
When nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards were announced on Dec. 5, music fans across the country spotted one glaring omission from the list — Justin Bieber.
The "Boyfriend" singer did not receive a single nomination for the awards. While that outcome drew ire from fans and pleasure from those that don't like Bieber, many music journalists did agree that it was odd for an artist who sells so many records to be completely shut out from the awards.
Bieber kept quiet about the snub for days, but finally broke his silence during an interview with the radio station Z100 on Dec. 7 in advance of his performance at the annual Jingle Ball Christmas concert.
The 18-year-old singer said during the interview that he can feel validated as an artist without Grammy nominations as long as he has the support of his fans.
"Thank you to all of my beautiful fans out there. I don't need a Grammy to have your love. You guys are still so incredible," Bieber said.
Later that evening, Bieber took to his Twitter account to clarify that he meant what he said, and that winning a Grammy is not as important to him as pleasing the millions of fans who have made him an international superstar.
"And i met what i said at the end. finally answered about the grammys. I got you guys. that is all i need. Im all good," Bieber tweeted.
At least one high-profile man in the music business agreed that Bieber shouldn't have been shut out from the Grammy nominations. "The X Factor" creator and judge Simon Cowell responded to the snub and said that he felt all of Bieber's success merited at least some recognition from Grammy voters.
"You know what? He deserved one [nomination], I think," Cowell told TMZ. "But they can get a bit snobby sometimes."