It’s a mark of Justin Bieber’s odd place in our pop-culture universe that, while he’s undoubtedly the biggest teen-pop star on the planet, awards shows have never been particularly kind to him. There were the Grammys snubs, sure, but even venues that you’d think would be receptive to the Bieb’s charms, like the MTV VMAs, have found ways to overlook his talents.
On Saturday night, though, Biebs’ fortunes reversed. At the first-ever Radio Disney Music Awards, Bieber finally took home some hardware, winning Best Male Artist over Cody Simpson, Austin Mahone and Bruno Mars. (Bieber was also nominated for Song of the Year and Fiercest fans, but lost out to Taylor Swift and One Direction, respectively.) Sure, it’s only the Radio Disney Music Awards, but even the most critically acclaimed artists have to start somewhere.
The full list of winners is below:
Best Music Group: One Direction
Biggest Viral Artist: Austin Mahone
Song Of The Year: “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
Best Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Best Female Artist: Selena Gomez
Best Crush Song: “Had Me @ Hello,” Olivia Holt
Best Acoustic Performance: “Ready Or Not,” Bridgit Mendler
Funniest Celebrity Take: “Sandwich Rap,” Coco Jones
Best Music Video: “Heard It On The Radio,” Ross Lynch
Fiercest Fans: One Direction