Justin Bieber Performs 'What Do You Mean?,' Breaks Down Crying at 2015 MTV VMAs: Watch
The pop star flew over the crowd, then doubled over with emotion.
For his first major awards show performance in over two years, Justin Bieber took the stage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards to perform “What Do You Mean?,” his brand-new single, live for the first time. The stage return follows his special set at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival last weekend, and precedes his new studio album, which sources say is due out in November.
At the VMAs, Bieber began with "Where Are U Now," with full choreography and backup dancers helping him out. He then transitioned to his new hit "What Do You Mean?," floating through a stream of fans to arrive at a platform in the middle of the venue and audibly trying to catch his breath. Following the performance, a spoken-word outro allowed a recording of Bieber to reflect on his "journey," and then Bieber was hoisted skyward to fly over the crowd. When the eye-popping spectacle concluded, Bieber was shown doubled over, crying as fans cheered him on.
“What Do You Mean?” was released on Friday (Aug. 28), along with a lyric video, and is expected to make a strong debut on the Hot 100 chart next week. Its official music video is being released later on Sunday night.
Bieber’s last awards ceremony performance came at the Billboard Music Awards in May 2013. Recently, his collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are U Now,” climbed to No. 8 on the Hot 100, becoming his first Top 10 hit since “Beauty and a Beat” in January 2013.