Say what you will about Justin Bieber (and it seems there’s plenty to say these days), but the kid is an unstoppable musical force.
On Wednesday (July 31), while performing in New Jersey, Bieber was presented an award from the Recording Industry Association of America’s Gold & Platinum Program and made history in the process. One of Bieber’s earliest hit singles, “Baby,” was awarded the distinction of Diamond+ status for going 12x Platinum.
The RIAA tweeted about the honor, noting that “Baby” was the G&P’s top Digital Single ever, counting sales and streams. Not for nothing, that’s a pretty big deal.
Bieber took to his own Twitter to share his thoughts on the award, writing, “Amazing night and honored. So much more to do. I love my #Beliebers. Thank u!!” The singer’s fans quickly mobilized on social media to honor their idol, with the hashtag “#congratsjustin” trending worldwide almost immediately.
Are you surprised that Bieber is the first musician in all of history to reach this honor?