7:10pm PT by Billboard Staff
VMAs: Justin Bieber to Give First-Ever Performance of New Album's Lead Single
We already knew he was back. But this time, Justin Bieber has got new music to share.
The Canadian pop star will deliver his first-ever performance of “What Do You Mean” at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards. “What Do You Mean” is the first track lifted from his forthcoming new album, and the song gets its official release on Friday, Aug. 28, just two days ahead of the annual VMAs.
Bieber’s appearance at Sunday’s show marks his first VMAs performance since his medley of “Baby,” “Somebody to Love” and “U Smile” back in 2010.
The 21-year-old superstar returned to the stage at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival last weekend, almost two years after his last major tour wrapped up. He entertained the crowd at Billboard’s inaugural fest by playing a string of familiar works. At one point, he joined Skrillex onstage for a rendition of "Where Are U Now."
The VMAs is shaping up as a must-see pop-music extravaganza. Taylor Swift has announced she’ll premiere her “Wildest Dreams” video during the telecast, and Nick Jonas will use the platform of the prelude event to present a debut live performance of “Levels.”
Kanye West will be the recipient of the Video Vanguard Award at the ceremony, which will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus will host, and The Weeknd is set to perform "Can’t Feel My Face." The likes of Pharrell Williams, Macklemore, Demi Lovato and ASAP Rocky all are confirmed to take the stage as well.