Justin Bieber wins 5 awards at MTV Europe Music Awards
Reformed bad boy pop star Justin Bieber makes solid return at MTV Europe Music Awards by sweeping five trophies
Call it the comeback of 2015.
With his chequered past behind him, Canadian pop star and reformed bad boy Justin Bieber has been making great progress with long-overdue amends in recent months, culminating in the release of his latest, aptly titled song, Sorry.
And it seems the music world has accepted his apology and is ready to welcome him back with open arms.
He scored his first-ever Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with his monster hit, What Do You Mean?.
His track with US DJs Skrillex and Diplo, Where Are U Now, was also a US chart-topper.
In the latest green light on his road to redemption, the 21-year-old was the biggest winner at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs), which was held in Milan, Italy, yesterday morning (Singapore time).
Bieber swept five awards - Best Male, Best Worldwide Act (North America), Best Look, Best Collaboration and Biggest Fans.
It was a result that even seemed to surprise the pop star himself.
After all, we're talking about the young man who made headlines last year for his shenanigans, like being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and dangerous driving, being charged for vandalism and making a racist joke in a five-year-old video.
Clad simply in a trucker cap, red T-shirt and matching trousers, Bieber addressed his loyal fans during his Best Male acceptance speech: "It's been a long couple of years. I just feel like this is pretty awesome and really nice for my music. Thank you, I love you all."
The Best Male win was Bieber's sixth award in a row at the EMAs, and he also wowed the audience with a sleek performance of What Do You Mean?.
This, despite reportedly nursing a broken eardrum after a wakeboarding accident.
Thankfully, there were no tears this time round - the same song performance left him weeping at the recent MTV Video Music Awards - or any hint of brattiness that earned him the title of serial troublemaker in the last few years.
The Bieber we see now is strangely calm and collected, and dare we say, mature.
"I don't take anything for granted. That's where I belong, up there on stage," he said after snagging the Best Worldwide Act (North America) trophy.
LOCAL FANS SAY
Would it be presumptuous to declare that Bieber has turned over a new leaf?
Local Beliebers The New Paper spoke to certainly have faith and believe the best is to come from the singer, who made his debut at the age of 16.
Temasek Polytechnic student Damanpreet Kaur, 19, said: "He has always been destined to do great things and I have never stopped supporting him. It comes as no surprise that he won all those awards. I'm a proud fan and I'm excited for him to make even better music."
Miss Nur Hayati Hassan agreed.
The 18-year-old passenger service agent said: "I find it amazing that he can pull himself together after everything that has happened and come back even better and stronger. He is now ready to concentrate on his career and put aside his troubled past."
The EMAs, hosted by English singer Ed Sheeran and Orange Is The New Black star Ruby Rose, also saw top musicians like Taylor Swift, One Direction, Rihanna and Sheeran himself bagging awards.
True to the show's tradition, the two-hour ceremony was not without its hits and misses.
Blind Italian classical musician Andrea Bocelli (pictured), 57, isn't exactly the first name that comes to mind when one thinks about a pop collaboration.
But his flawless duet with US singer Tori Kelly of Pink's and Nate Ruess' 2013 song Just Give Me A Reasonwas easily one of the best performances, earning the pair a standing ovation.
Does this signal a pop crossover for Bocelli? After all, he recently teamed up with US singer Ariana Grande for the single E Piu Ti Penso, which appeared on his latest album Cinema.
What's with all the "yellow fever" at the EMAs? Because it sure made us ill.
We couldn't decide what was more blinding - the giant diamond structure where English singer Ellie Goulding (pictured), 28, stood while singing her hit Love Me Like You Do or her lurid, newly dyed papaya-yellow hair.
Australian actress and host Ruby Rose, 29, then decided to honour World Pasta Day on Oct 25 with a "spaghetti dress" that looked like it had been knitted haphazardly by someone who just wasn't very good at it.
Hell, no to yellow!
Ed Sheeran's signature dorkiness and classic British humour, coupled with Rose's sass, made for some very strange banter between the odd couple. Their lack of chemistry resulted in moments where they were clearly on different wavelengths.
Early in the show, Rose joked about being as cute as an image of a kitten that was flashed on a giant screen.
Sheeran, 24, fired his first naughty punchline and said: "That's a beautiful p****."
Later on, the banana-wielding ginger cheekily asked Rose if she wanted to play a game of "hide the banana".
If anyone had waited with bated breath to see how this possibly X-rated situation played out, calm down - he simply tossed the fruit over his shoulder.
Hardly the best hosts in EMAs history, these two should just stick to their day jobs.
BEST MALE: Justin Bieber
BEST FEMALE: Rihanna
BEST POP: One Direction
BEST HIP HOP: Nicki Minaj
BEST ROCK: Coldplay
BEST ALTERNATIVE: Lana Del Rey
BEST NEW ACT: Shawn Mendes
BEST WORLDWIDE ACT (ASIA): Jane Zhang
BEST WORLDWIDE ACT (NORTH AMERICA): Justin Bieber
BEST WORLD STAGE: Ed Sheeran
BEST LIVE: Ed Sheeran
BEST SONG: Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar - Bad Blood
BEST VIDEO: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Downtown
BEST COLLABORATION: Justin Bieber, Skrillex & Diplo - Where Are U Now
BEST LOOK: Justin Bieber
VIDEO VISIONARY AWARD: Duran Duran
BIGGEST FANS: Justin Bieber