Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber made a triumphant return to the European stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan on Sunday, scooping five prizes at the major music event.
Bieber, who performed his “What Do You Mean?” hit to roaring cheers, was the biggest winner of the night, taking Best Male, Best Look, Worldwide Act: North America, Biggest Fans and Best collaboration for “Where Are U Now?” with Skrillex and Diplo.
The singer, who found fame at 13 and went on to become a global pop phenomenon, will next month release his first album in three years, during which bad behavior offstage risked damaging his family-friendly teen heartthrob image.
“I don’t take any of these moments for granted,” Bieber said at the show. “That’s where I belong, right there on that stage.”
However several big names, also winners on the night, were absent from the event, held at Milan’s Mediolanum Forum.