Usher, looking cool in shades and a black slouchy jacket, was happy to talk about his protégé, Justin Bieber, and said while he wishes the young singer would have won best new artist, he’s sure the heartthrob will get another Grammy shot.
“It’s a testimony to continue to be the best you can, and he will. His fans define who he is as an artist. His musical journey is part of his story. As he gets older, he’ll tell it and hopefully we’ll be back here again.”
When a white tuxedo-clad Bieber nearly tackled Usher on the backstage platform, the mentor graciously stepped away from the microphone to allow his protégé the spotlight.
“This month and this year have been absolutely amazing,” Bieber said. His future ambitions include doing stadiums.
“My fans have brought me to this position and I don’t know what I would do without them,” he said.
He also shot down a rumor that he’s moving to Los Angeles, and said he likes Atlanta because he now has many friends in the city. But, he didn’t discount moving back to Canada at some point.
Meanwhile, the lovely young woman who won best new artist over Bieber, Esperanza Spalding, said she doesn’t think she “beat” him for the award.
“When this is all over, we’re all colleagues again. He’s sold more records than me, so did he beat me? He’s a talented young man…he has great hair and I have great hair.”
If you’ve noticed her Macy Gray ‘do, you know she’s not kidding.
Spalding also said the bass wasn’t her first instrument – she played violin from 5-15 – but when she discovered the instrument, “it caught me like a leech and I couldn’t shake it.”