Justin Bieber pulled out of his Buenos Aires, Argentina concert during the performance on Sunday because of food poisoning, just hours after winning the Best Male award at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards the same day.
The 19-year-old triumphed as Best Male for the fourth year, also winning Best Canadian Act.
Bieber didn’t appear at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands where the 20th annual awards were held, but described his fans as “incredible” in a video shown while accepting for Best Male.
The EMAs results came through ahead of Bieber’s third and last show in Buenos Aires, the latest South American tour stop on his tumultuous Believe tour, in which the most recent mishap saw the superstar asked to leave his hotel in Argentina after fan mayhem and preceding misadventures in Brazil.
After the win, the Canadian took to Twitter to thanks fans and revealed he had food poisoning, as well as posting a shirtless Instagram photo of himself hooked up to an arm drip.
“Sitting here with food poisoning and heard we won #bestmale at the #EMAs. Thanks everyone,” he wrote.
Elaborating on his condition, he continued, “Argentina been a rough day but the show must go on. I’m coming. This sucks. #sick food poisoning.”