Friday 24 November 2017

Bieber fever to grip city for teen star's MTV performance

Singers Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Photo: Reuters
Singers Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Photo: Reuters
Selena Gomez with boyfriend Justin Bieber
Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on stage at the O2 in Dublin last night ahead of their appearance at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast tomorrow
Lady Gaga.

Mike Collett-White

BELFAST will be the centre of the rock'n'roll universe tomorrow night.

Teen star Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez will perform at the MTV Europe Music Awards alongside Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga.

Local heroes Snow Patrol, whose 2006 album 'Eyes Open' sold over more than five million copies worldwide, will also make an appearance on an open-air stage at Belfast City Hall.

The surviving members of Queen will pick up the Global Icon accolade. Canadian heartthrob

Bieber hit the headlines this week after a young wom-an alleg-ed that the chart-topper had fathered her child when he was 16. He app-eared on the 'US Today' show yesterday and denied the claims.

"I'd just like to say basically that none of those allegations are true," said Bieber, now 17.

"I know that I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim."

Gomez, who is hosting the event and performing her new single, has had problems of her own recently.

On Thursday, an Illinois man pleaded not guilty to stalking the American actress best known for her role in Disney television show 'Wizards of Waverly Place', but was ordered to stay away from her for three years.

Thom-as Brodnicki told a psychiatrist that he travelled to Los Angeles to see the star and had conversations with God about killing her, according to court documents.

Last year, it was the flamboyant Lady Gaga who dominated the MTV EMAs, picking up prizes for best female, best pop act and best song for 'Bad Romance'. She is in the lineup at the Odyssey Arena and also leads the nominations this year with six.

In four categories -- best song ('Born This Way'), best pop and live act and best female artist -- she is up against compatriot and rival chart-topping diva Katy Perry. Lady Gaga's other nominations are best video ('Born This Way') and biggest fans, a new category introduced this year.

Bruno Mars joins Perry with four nominations -- best new, best male, best "push" act and best song for 'Grenade'.

Adele, Britain's best-selling chart sensation, is shortlisted three times -- best female act and best song and best video for 'Rolling in the Deep'.

Bieber competes for best pop, best male and biggest fans.

Bieber, who launched his new album 'Under the Mistletoe' this week, has already been named the inaugural winner of the MTV Voices award in recognition of his charity work.

Irish Independent

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