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Justin Bieber

The teen sensation got his start when his proud mom uploaded his videos to YouTube. Now he’s poised to rule the pop world.

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber performs onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20, 2012. Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Bieber accepts the award for Top Social Artist onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20, 2012. Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Bieber kisses girlfriend Selena Gomez during the NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on April 17, 2012. Paul Buck / EPA
Bieber gets slimed after accepting the award for favorite male singer onstage at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on March 31, 2012. Chris Pizzello / AP
A Justin Bieber wax figure is unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Berlin on March 19, 2012. Getty Images
Bieber arrives at the Cannes festival palace to take part in the NRJ Music awards ceremony, in Cannes, southeastern France, on Jan. 28, 2012. Lionel Cironneau / AP
Bieber, second from right, joins, from left, Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson and Katherine Jackson after the hand and footprint ceremony honoring musician Michael Jackson in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Jan. 26, 2012. Matt Sayles / AP
Bieber holds a microphone in front of the mRobo Ultra Bass as he unveils the portable speaker and dancing robot at the TOSY Robotics booth at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 11, 2012. Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Bieber performs in New York's Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration on Dec. 31, 2011. Charles Sykes / AP
Bieber, right, sings "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" with, from left, first lady Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, President Obama, Jennifer Hudson and Victoria Justice at the annual Christmas in Washington taping on Dec. 11, 2011. Jacquelyn Martin / AP
Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez attend the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, 2011. Jason Merritt / Getty Images
Bieber, center, performs with singers Redfoo and SkyBlu of LMFAO onstage at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, 2011. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
Bieber performs during the last concert of his "My World" tour in Caracas, Venezuela, on Oct. 19, 2011. Leo Ramirez / AFP - Getty Images
Bieber fans react during a concert at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Oct. 18, 2011. Nacho Doce / Reuters
Bieber and his girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez, arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Aug. 28, 2011. Christopher Polk / Getty Images
Indy Car driver Danica Patrick, left, and Bieber appear onstage to present Best Team at the 2011 ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on July 13, 2011. Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Bieber attends a lauch event for his new Justin Bieber fragrance at Macy's Herald Square in New York on June 23, 2011. Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images
A shirtless Bieber escorts Selena Gomez after stepping on the beach while in Hawaii on May 23, 2011. Splash News
Bieber accepts the Digital Artist of the Year award onstage during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Bieber fist bumps with a girl from northeastern Japan, the area devestated by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami at an event at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Tokyo on May 18. In Japan for several concerts, the 17-year-old Canadian teen idol spoke briefly with nearly a dozen of children and exchanged messages. Yuriko Nakao / Reuters
Bieber performs onstage at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, on April 28, 2011. Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images
Bieber performs on stage during the first night of his UK tour at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England, March 4, 2011. Steve Thorne / Getty Images
Gomez is on the arm of Bieber as they arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2011. Craig Barritt / Getty Images
Bieber, right, drives around former NBA player Mitch Richmond, left, during the first half of the 2011 BBVA All-Star Celebrity basketball game as a part of the NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles on Feb. 18, 2011. Danny Moloshok / Reuters
Bieber poses for photographers as he arrives for the premiere of the film "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," at the O2 Arena in London on Feb. 16, 2011. Luke Macgregor / Reuters
Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne posed on the set of a "Tron"-themed commercial for Best Buy, which ran during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Bieber was just 12 in 2007 when his mother first posted a video to YouTube of him singing. It was that exposure that eventually launched his fame. Christopher Polk / Getty Images
Bieber visited New.Music.Live to promote his film, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" at the CTV HQ building on Feb. 1, 2011, in Toronto. George Pimentel / Getty Images
Bieber donned 3-D glasses for the premiere of "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never." Lucas Jackson / Reuters
Bieber and mom Pattie Mallette are shown in a scene from "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never." Mallette raised him as a teenage single mom in low-income housing. The singer does maintain contact with his father, who married another woman and had two children. Paramount Pictures
The 2011 3-D documentary "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" contains footage of the singer as a child as well as concert and other more current footage. Paramount Pictures
Bieber performed at the Q102 Jingle Ball at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Dec. 8, 2010, in Camden, N.J. Jeff Fusco / Getty Images Contributor
Bieber poses during the presentation of his album 'My Worlds The Collection' in Madrid, Spain, on Nov. 29, 2010. Bieber plans two concerts in Spain in spring of 2011. Javier Lizon / EPA
Bieber, right, posed with Usher backstage at the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. Bieber took home four awards. Michael Caulfield / Getty Images
Bieber won artist of the year during the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 21, 2010. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
Bieber performed at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 10, 2010. Stephen J. Cohen / Getty Images
Bieber posed for a portrait while promoting his new book, "Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever," in Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. Matt Sayles / AP
Bieber performed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 2010. Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Bieber guest starred as Jason McCann, a troubled teen who is faced with a terrible decision regarding his only brother, during an episode of "CSI" on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Sonja Flemming / CBS
Bieber, seen on April 24, 2010, in Sydney, Australia, first came to fame when his mother uploaded videos to YouTube of him singing. A musical marketing executive clicked on one of them -- reportedly by accident -- and the teen was eventually signed to the record label of R&B star Usher. Born in 1994 to a teenage mom who raised him alone while working low-paying jobs, the singer has come a long way. His first full studio release, "My World 2.0," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Brendon Thorne / Getty Images
Bieber's devoted fans reportedly threatened reality star Kim Kardashian, left, after the two were photographed together at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner pre-party in Washington on May 2, 2010. Bieber took to Twitter to tell his fans to calm down. Larry Busacca / Getty Images
Bieber took part in a bungee jump at Auckland Bridge during his one-day visit to New Zealand on April 28, 2010. Sandra Mu / Getty Images
On Bieber's 2010 spring Down Under, his fans occasionally ran into trouble. Several young fans were crushed during crowd surges and Bieber had to cancel one show. Graham Denholm / Getty Images
Bieber appeared on the April 10, 2010, episode of "Saturday Night Live." The singer played a high-school student in a class taught by Tina Fey. Fey's teacher character constantly fantasized about Bieber's character, a student she described as "a dreamy Christmas elf" who looked like "a baby bunny sniffing a tiny flower." NBC
Bieber performed during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on April 5, 2010. He has performed at the White House twice. President Obama mispronounced the singer's last name as "BYE-ber" (instead of "BEE-ber") before a Christmas performance in 2009. Obama's daughters, Malia and Sasha, probably could have set him straight. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Bieber arrived at Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards held on March 27, 2010, in Los Angeles. He sang his hit song "Baby." The show also held a contest, and the 13-year-old winner walked with Bieber down the orange carpet, attended his rehearsal and watched the awards show. Michael Buckner / Getty Images
Ryan Seacrest, right, and Bieber prepared to watch "Captain EO" with more than 500 fans at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on March 26, 2010. Contest winners from all over the country joined Seacrest and Bieber for a private event at the theme park to celebrate the release of Bieber's latest CD. Getty Images
Bieber danced on his toes while performing at the 2010 Nickelodeon Upfront Presentation in New York on March 11, 2010. Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for Nickelodeon
With his head wrapped up against the winter chill, Bieber met fans at Citadium Store in Paris on Feb. 22, 2010. His appearance was cut short by police after a large group of fans swarmed the area. Julien M. Hekimian / Getty Images
Bieber performed a free concert presented by KIIS-FM at Nokia Plaza L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2010. Angela Weiss / Getty Images
Singers Chris Brown, left, Bieber, Sean Kingston and Monica posed backstage at the BET SOS Saving Ourselves -- Help for Haiti benefit concert and telethon at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Feb. 5, 2010. Bieber answered phones on the donation line and also performed. Frank Micelotta / Getty Images
Bieber performed at the "We Are the World 25 Years for Haiti" recording session held at Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2010. Bieber sang the opening line, which was sung by Lionel Richie on the 1985 original. When that version of "We Are the World" was released in 1985, Bieber was still a decade away from being born. Kevin Mazur / WireImage
Singer Ke$ha and Bieber spoke onstage during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2010. Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Bieber and his mother, Pattie Mallette, attended the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2010. Larry Busacca / Getty Images for NARAS
Bieber arrived at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sept. 13, 2009. Michael Loccisano / Getty Images
Bieber is shown performing on the street in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, on Aug. 20, 2007. Irving Shuter / Getty Images