With a blue light illuminating his silhouette, Bieber sang the opening bars of "Where Are U Now" in a baseball cap and all-black ensemble while keeping his face hidden. He kept the song sweet and simple until the Jack U beat dropped and he erupted into the Bieber choreography that we know and love.
Bieber then transitioned into his new single, "What Do You Mean?" Flanked by more dancers, he jumped and spun around the stage with limitless energy. To the delight of fans below, he ran through the VMA crowd to a singular podium. But soon, the stage went dark.
"Life is a journey. Sometimes a battle," he said. "Always the unexpected. Sometimes you focus on the destination and forget to focus on that journey. When you fall it allows you to get up stronger. It allows you not to lean on your own understanding, give in to fate… Believe in something bigger than yourself and find your purpose."
After giving an inspirational speech, Bieber was launched into the air, turning himself into a real-life hologram. When it was all over, he bent over in tears. This is the real Bieber.