By Amanda Wicks
Justin Bieber shared a lengthy post that goes into why exactly he doesn’t like awards shows.
“No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it,” he wrote. “Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance.”
The caption accompanies a picture of an ancient castle with clouds lining the sky overhead and sheep grazing in a field below. It’s a calming picture to accompany Bieber’s thoughts, which aren’t angry but curious. According to what he’s seen, the artists in attendance don’t seem focused on accolades or accomplishments. They’re worried about how much camera time they’re getting or networking with someone important.
Bieber also didn’t name names about which awards shows he was talking about, but following the Billboard Music Awards last night (May 22), his timing does seem to suggest what he experienced didn’t sit well with him. Bieber took awards for Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist (via Billboard). He put that last title to good use with his most recent post. “But these award shows seem so hollow,” he wrote. “I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really?”
He admitted that he wants to find his rewards from things other than awards. “I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can’t feel the recognition. There’s an authenticity missing that I crave!”
Bieber later posted a photo of himself with the text “We all get caught up in striving for the approval of others.”
Check out both posts below.