Justin Bieber: No Grammys, no worries

Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:38am EST
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber was too busy arranging a Paris rendezvous with his mentor, R&B star Usher, to worry too much about leaving the Grammy Awards empty-handed on Sunday.

The 16-year-old pop phenomenon was considered a strong contender for the coveted best new artist category, and was also nominated for best pop vocal album.

But he was beaten up by a pair of glamorous women. Esperanza Spalding, a 26-year-old jazz virtuoso with a large Afro hairstyle, was the shock winner of best new artist.

And flamboyant pop singer Lady Gaga's haul of three statuettes included best pop vocal album.

Bieber's fans, accounting for a sizable percentage of excitable young girls around the planet, vented their anger on Twitter -- the social-networking Web site that helped turn him into a superstar in barely a year.

He came backstage to speak with reporters, an uncustomary move for losing acts, to indicate that he would survive the setback. In fact, he made a grand entrance by jumping on the back of Usher, who seemed more disappointed than Bieber.

A little later, Bieber let reporters overhear his scheduling conversation with Usher. Bieber is flying to London on Monday, and Usher to Paris. They made plans to connect on the continent.

Bieber was still buzzing after performing with both Usher and Jaden Smith, the son of actor Will Smith. Asked about the best new artist race going the wrong way, he said, "I'm really happy for her, and hopefully she has a good year."   Continued...

<p>Singer Justin Bieber poses backstage at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>