Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber, celebrating a birthday March 1, found success early. He grew up learning to play piano, guitar, drums, and trumpet — and won a local singing competition at age 12. A year later, on the advice of his manager, he moved to Atlanta to record. Bieber’s very first single, “One Time,” peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The American Music Awards twice named him “Artist of the Year.” Bieber, who recently married model Hailey Baldwin, was the second person ever to reach 100 million Twitter followers. The first? Katy Perry.
Key Moments in Justin Bieber's Life
Justin & Hailey
Justin confirmed his marriage to model Hailey Baldwin over Thanksgiving weekend. The official word came in an Instagram post. "Relationships are hard and love isn't always easy but thank you Jesus for showing me how!" he wrote.
The "Purpose" album
Justin spent some serious time in the studio leading up to this album's release. His fourth album produced three number one singles, which is where we got some of our favorite songs like "What Do You Mean?," "Sorry," and "Love Yourself."
This was a rocky year for our boy Justin. He was first arrested in early January for vandalizing his neighbor's home, then again later that month for a DUI. And honestly it did not improve much after that. His bad behavior streak even got him banned from performing in China.
Justin headed to Atlanta
Bieber began recording with singer-songwriter Usher at age 13! Island Records signed him about a year later.
March 1, 1994
Justin Bieber was born in Ontario
Justin is the only child of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia "Pattie" Mallette. He was primarily raised by his mother and maternal grandmother.
How to celebrate Justin Bieber's birthday
1. Watch your favorite Justin Bieber video
From "Cold Water" to "Girlfriend," there is a wide world of Bieber videos to explore. Check out an old favorite or break into something new.
2. Check out Justin's movie
In case you didn't know, the Biebs released a movie called "Never Say Never" in 2011. The movie follows him around for 10 days leading up to his biggest concert at Madison Square Garden. If you're inspired, check out the 2013 sequel "Believe."
3. Trivia time
Did you know his middle name is Drew? Or that he went to Catholic school as a kid? How about the fact that Bieber's YouTube videos led to his first recording contract?
5 J Biebz Throwbacks You May Have Forgotten About (But We Sure Haven't)
1. "Baby" ft. Ludacris
If this song has been stuck in your head since 2010, you are not alone.
2. "One Less Lonely Girl"
Preteen girls across the world felt Justin singing this straight to their naive little hearts.
3. "Never Say Never" ft. Jaden Smith
Jaden has been coming into his own lately with hits like "Icon," but let's not forget when he and Justin collaborated on this sweet tune.
4. "Somebody to Love" ft. Usher
Aside from Justin's young voice sailing its way into puberty, you can probably still sneak this one onto a party playlist and get some movement on the dance floor.
5. "Eenie Meenie" ft. Sean Kingston
Whatever happened to Sean Kingston? Anyway, this song is still a jam.