Justin Bieber Shares #MMVA Favorite Artist Win With Fans, Loses YouTube Crown To Rihanna

Justin Bieber has sent thank you’s to his fans after winning the Favorite Artist gong at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards.

The 19-year-old triumphed in the fan-voted category on Sunday over fellow homegrown contenders Carly Rae-Jepsen, rapper-producer Drake, rockers Marianas Trench and dance titan Deadmau5 for the Fave Artist/Group award at the Psy-hosted Toronto event.

In a message to his over 40 million Twiitter followers, Bieber wrote:

“Love to all the fans at the #mmva’s. wish I could have been there. We won favorite artist so THANK YOU!!! Miss Canada! #muchlove.”

The pop star was also nominated in the Best International Video by a Canadian Artist category for “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean. Other artists in the slot were Tegan and Sara, Jepsen (again), Walk Off The Earth, but the win eventually went to Avril Lavigne for “Here’s to Never Growing Up.”

Bieber recently returned to his native country for a family celebration last month after wrapping the first leg of his Believe world tour in Johannesburg on May 12.

He heads back out on the road on June 22 with a show at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center, before continuing through the States and recently added territories, Asia, Latin America, New Zealand and Australia.

Speaking of which, the pop star sent out a general heads up today that pre-sale tickets availability for these will be landing this week.

In other Bieber news, the singer recently teased artwork for his upcoming new single “Heartbreaker,” promising his fans it was “coming soon.” It’s been a while since the January release of Believe Acoustic, and anticipation for fresh sounds from the singer by his fans is more than apparent through the interwebs.

Justin Bieber Shares Favorite Artist Award With Fans

Meanwhile, Rihanna has just overtaken Bieber in the total YouTube views stakes on their official Vevo accounts.

The stats are these: Over a total of 77 videos on the “Diamonds” star’s channel, Rihanna has notched up 3,784,030,789 views.

Bieber, previously dominating with the most YouTube views, has 3,782,989,210 views over a total of 79 videos.

The difference between the two superstars’ YouTube views is 1,041,579 views, making the Bajan princess the most viewed artist on YouTube in the world.

Rihanna retweeted a fan’s message about her new YouTube record to mark her achievement.

It will be interesting to see how Bieber’s ‘Beliebers’ respond to Rihanna’s ‘navy’ gauntlet.

Love to all the fans at the #mmva 's. Wish I could of been there. We won favorite artist so THANK YOU!!! Miss Canada! #muchlove

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 17, 2013