Justin Bieber’s new album Believe Acoustic was released today. And to help promote it, the Canadian pop star sensation agreed to an exclusive interview with Billboard where he explains how he turned heartbreak, after splitting with Selena Gomez, into music. The 18-year-old also spoke about his recent exclusion from the Grammy nominations:
Q: Speaking of validation, let’s talk about the Grammys. Your manager Scooter Braun took to Twitter when the nominations were announced and you didn’t get one. How did you feel about it?
A: I felt the same way that Scooter felt, I just can’t really… it’s good that he can put it out there and say that. He had my back just like any manager would. My whole life I’ve dreamed of winning a Grammy. At this point, the excitement of that has gone down. I’m more excited to just make great music for my fans. That’s just something that if it happens, it happens.
Although Bieber will not be attending the 55th Grammy awards ceremony on Feb. 10, he told Billboard that he’d be pulling for musician Chris Brown. “I’m a fan. His music is really good,” he said.
Bieber also added that “That’s what they should focus on: the music,” presumably rather than centering on Brown’s previous assault conviction in 2009 for beating up ex-friend Rhianna, for which he is still on probation, or for the R&B musician’s most recent and widely publicized brawl with singer and songwriter Frank Ocean in a West Hollywood Parking Lot, for which Ocean hopes to press charges against Brown.
Although Bieber has released two albums–Believer and Believer Acoustic–in a span of eight months, he told Billboard that he’s already working on “either [the] next album or for something to release through the Internet. I have so much on my mind, I want to put it in my music.”
Hear what was on Bieber’s mind when he broke up with Gomez in Nothing Like Us, the first single from his latest album.