Hell hath no fury like a Belieber scorned: Pop phenom Justin Bieber admits he was upset after he missed out on the Best New Artist gong at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
"I had no clue what was going to happen; I worked really hard these past few years and you know, I'm not going to lie - I was disappointed," Bieber told MTV News backstage on Sunday.
"But, you know, I'm gonna come back [next year] and we'll take a few home," he added humbly.
"I'm inspired to work harder than I did last year," he said. "It's going to be hard, but I'm going to try."
He signed off with a message for his fans: "Bieber fans, don't get too upset," he laughed. "Be happy."
Well, happy some of them are most certainly not. Try incandescent with indignant rage.
The teen idol lost the prize to Esperanza Spalding, a little-known jazz singer/bassist. Spalding who? Who is this jazz babe who robbed Bieber of his rightful glory? That's exactly what Bieber's legion of followers were asking.
According to Us Weekly, some of Bieber's more tech-savvy, twitchy-fingered fans took to Spalding's Wikipedia page and vented their fury.
"She now has the 2011 Grammy for being the Best new Artist! Even though no one has ever heard of her! Yay!" one fan wrote. Which was relatively vanilla compared to some of there other barbs other Beliebers imparted with.
Another scalpel-tongued hacker wrote: "Justin Bieber deserved it go die in a hole. Who the heck are you anyway?"
Some of the anger also spewed on to Twitter and Facebook, where fans appeared to be in a slightly more reflective mood, rationalising their idol's failure to bag an award.
"So the Esperanza Spalding has only 8 thousand followers on twitter and how many does justin bieber has [sic]?" one fan tweeted. Of course, that's how you go about winning a Grammy!
Come Monday, Spalding's Wiki page had been wiped clean of the handiwork.
Asked for comment on the Wiki rage, Spalding's rep told CNN that is was "a shame, really. Justin [Bieber] was very, very nice. They met at the AP booth...he was very gracious and they had a nice chat."
Bieber, despite his disappointment, was the perfect gentleman when he met Spalding backstage at the awards bash - they even complimented each other on their hairdos:
Gracious and professional. Good lad. You win some, you lose some.
We've been hearing rumbles of a possible lawsuit against Rihanna by famed fashion photographer David LaChapelle for weeks, and lo and behold, the deed has been done.
LaChapelle has filed a lawsuit alleging Rihanna's risqué new video for S&M was "directly derived" from images he'd taken.
The lawsuit states: "The music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works," adding that Rihanna allegedly used eight images for the video, which copied the "composition, total concept, feel, tone, mood, theme, colors, props, settings, decors, wardrobe and lighting of his work."
LaChapelle is demanding unspecified damages. No official word from Rihanna's rep yet.
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