Justin Bieber Rocks Atlanta Jingle Ball: Thrills Fans With Hand-Kisses, Comic Moments

Justin Bieber capped his intense comeback year with a final performance at the Jingle Ball in Atlanta on Thursday night.

Hosted by local radio station Power 96.1, the superstar headlined the Georgia event at the Phillips Arena, which also saw performances from Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Hailee Steinfield, and Fifth Harmony.

Justin, who was still wearing the gold tooth he jokingly debuted on social media the night before, wore an all-black ensemble as he powered through his set to the delight of the screaming crowd.

At one point, he told the audience,”By the way, this gold tooth is not permanent,” after removing the cap before putting it back in and quipping, “I don’t care what you think.”

After taking to the stage, the 21-year-old performed current bangers “What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry,” his Grammy-nominated Jack U collaboration “Where Are U Now?,” and “Love Yourself.”

Following its August 28 release, “What Do You Mean?” debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, with 17 of the 18 songs on the deluxe edition of Purpose also simultaneously entering the chart.

In so doing, Bieber broke a 51-year-old record set by The Beatles, and a more recent record set by Drake — both of whom had multiple entries in the Hot 100.

The island-flavored “Sorry” is currently No. 2 in the U.K.’s official singles chart and the Hot 100.

Bieber currently reigns at No. 1 with “Love Yourself” in the U.K. The Jingle Bell crowd sang along to every word.

The Canadian also raided his back catalogue to perform older hits such as 2012’s “Boyfriend,” “As Long As You Love Me,” “All That Matters,” and “Hold Tight,” from his 2013 Journals album.

Adding a festive note, Bieber also sang one song from his 2011 Christmas Under The Mistletoe album.

Candid moments during Justin’s set were captured by fans and organizers. The Biebs experienced some problems fixing his microphone stand, which broke onstage.

During his show, Justin told the crowd he had a cramp at one point, before trying to stretch out his discomfort.

While jokingly lamenting his stage woes to the audience, the heartthrob mentioned one of his neck chains got tangled up, presumably with his ear-piece.

More hilarity came when the Biebs tried to have what he called an “intimate moment” with the crowd, but was interrupted by a too-early downpour of confetti.

The hitmaker also showed his appreciation for fans by kissing the hands of some in the front row.


— Purpose (@purposusbiebers) December 18, 2015

Before he performed, Bieber was presented with a plaque by Jingle Bell organizers, which noted Purpose topped the charts in 105 countries.

Manager Scooter Braun, members of his team, and reps from Bieber’s record label Def Jam are also there to mark the achievement. After the album’s November 13 release, it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.

Post-show, Bieber took to Twitter to express gratitude, writing, “Atlanta u know I love u. Thanks for an incredible night. See u on the #PurposeWorldTour!”

He continued, “Forever I love Atlanta,” acknowledging the Georgia city in his personal history as his first destination when he left Stratford, Canada in 2007 at the age of 13 to begin his professional career in the U.S.

Justin will kick off the North American leg of his mammoth tour on March 9 at Washington’s Key Arena at Seattle Center. Following last week’s announcement of European dates, further concerts at London’s 02 Arena, Glasgow, and other cities have now been added.

The singer will also join Coldplay and Adele — other artists will be announced — as a performer at the U.K.’s Brit awards on February 24.

Check out Bieber’s interview at the Jingle Ball in the video below.

[Images via Rory Kramer]