Justin Bieber Awarded for Disruptive Innovation (VIDEO)
Wherever he goes, little girls break out in tears of joy. It was no different when Justin Bieber, 18, showed up to the Tribeca Film Festival with manager Scooter Braun, 30, in tow. The two were rewarded with the Disruptive Innovation Award for Bieber’s use of technnology in his rise to fame.
If you haven’t been living under a bridge, you’d known that Bieber became a YouTube sensation when he posted vids of his singing to the world. He intended the videos for his friends and family and to show them how much he loved to perform. Unbeknownst to him, fans all around the world hit “play” millions of times over and voilà, Bieber Fever ensued.
The teen phenom received the award for disrupting “the traditional gatekeepers of the music industry”– agents, reps, what have, and bursting onto the scene on his own terms and with unmanufactured talent (we can’t say if this is the case now, but many other YouTube wannabes have surfaced as a result–some as a consequence…)
The singer donned sunglasses and a varsity jacket and admits that the internet is a great assesst to him. He also has millions of followers on Twitter. “I don’t think that I would be here without the Internet. The fans feel connected to me.”
Bieber later tweeted, “got the DISRUPT award at the tribeca film festival with @scooterbraun. in school i got in trouble for being disruptive. LOOK AT ME NOW. lol. the award was for how we changed the game. WE. ME and ALL OF YOU did this TOGETHER. THIS IS YOUR AWARD TOO. THANKS”