When it comes to pop music, 2010 was the year of Justin Bieber. The 16-year-old singer arrived on the scene in 2009 with his first single 'One Time,' which set things in motion for the Canadian triple-threat's best year ever (well, so far). Here, we look back at 12 months of accomplishments, and the spread of Bieber Fever.
By the top of the year, Justin was already enjoying the massive success of 'My World,' but even after performing on the TODAY Show and singing before President Obama in 2009, the best was yet to come.
Justin kicked off 2010 by releasing 'Baby,' the lead single off his sophomore album, 'My World 2.0.' The song, featuring Ludacris, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Bieber's highest charting single in the U.S. In the same month, the charismatic superstar was asked to appear as a presenter at the 52nd Grammy Awards on January 31.
Soon after that, we saw a bit of Justin's huge charitable side when he joined 80 other artists on the 'We Are the World' remake to benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake. He was the youngest of the bunch, which also included Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas. Justin would go on to donate money to the victims of the Nashville floods, Pencils of Promise and more.
Justin released the video for 'Baby' in February, and it featured cameos by Ludacris, Drake and Jasmine Villegas. Months afterward, the video would make headlines, but we'll get to that later.
March was a huge month for the Bieb. The beginning of his 2010 awards streak began with three Juno nominations (that's a Canadian music awards show like the Grammys), and Justin celebrated his 16th birthday on March 1. He got to meet Kobe Bryant, had a three-day birthday party in L.A. and received a brand new Range Rover from his mentor Usher. Not bad!
After what seemed like forever, 'My World 2.0,' was finally released on March 19. "MY WORLD 2.0 is here!!!" Justin wrote on Facebook. "Thank you all for changing my life. ENJOY."
The record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling over 283,000 copies in its first week, making Justin the youngest male solo artist to top the chart since Stevie Wonder reigned at the top of the charts in 1963. Justin's first album, 'My World,' was still selling like crazy, and in the same week it was No. 5, making JB the first artist to have two spots in the Top 5 since 2004.
Just days later, the teen sensation announced initial dates for his first ever headlining tour, which completely sold out. Justin would later add a second leg to this North American run, which would be routed through the end of the year.
However, March didn't exactly go off without a hitch. Justin's manager, Scooter Braun was arrested in relation to an incident at Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, N.Y., where an appearance had to be canceled because of the uncontrollable crowd. Scooter pleaded not guilty to the charges, while Justin was spotted around town wearing a "Free Scooter" t-shirt.
On April 1, the world got to see the funny side of the singer when he took over the website Funny or Die, filling it with hilarious videos, and changing its name temporarily. "It's mine. I bought it," he said of the site. "Now it's Bieber Or Die. Anything that's not Bieber, DIES."
Days later, Justin was invited back to Washington, D.C. to perform at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, but he couldn't resist making people laugh once again. The super star was the musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live' and appeared in two hilarious skits, showing off his acting chops.
By the end of April, Bieber Fever had officially spread worldwide when Justin's outdoor appearance in Sydney, Australia was canceled for safety reasons. Over 5,000 fans camped out overnight for the concert, and when word got out that Justin had arrived, a crowd rushed to the stage, causing more than 100 teens to be pulled with some reports of fainting and more serious injuries. "I love my fans...and I am just as disappointed as everyone else with the news from this morning," Justin tweeted. "I want to sing for my fans." Justin did end up performing on the 'Sunrise' morning program, but inside the studio.
In May, JB made headlines again when word got out that he got a tattoo, however, the news paled in comparison to him scoring the Best New Artist nomination at the 2010 BET Awards. He didn't win (it went to Nicki Minaj), but it was still an "incredible honor."
By the end of the month, Justin starred in a MTV Movie Awards commercial with Aziz Ansari that made fans laugh once again. While he really didn't have anything to do with the awards show, it came just before the release of his 'Never Say Never' duet with Jaden Smith for his movie 'The Karate Kid.' The song title would go on to be one of Justin's main mottos.
In June, the wunderkind released his 'Somebody to Love (Remix)' video, featuring Usher. The video showed off Justin's dance moves, and followed in the footsteps of other great Bieber videos like 'Eenie Meenie' and 'Never Let You Go.' This month also scored Justin several Teen Choice Awards nominations, even though he was going up against his "big bros" Usher and Drake. In the end, the teen phenom won Choice Music: Breakout Artist - Male; Choice Music: Album - Pop; and Choice Summer Music Star: Male.
By the middle of the year, Justin had reached mega star status. How do we know? Google launched a search engine just for the 16-year-old called BieberSearch.com. Another huge marker was the unofficial online competition between Justin's 'Baby' video and Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' video. In July, Justin was beating Gaga by about 200,000 plays, but after tons of media attention, the Canadian pop star eventually surpassed the fashion-forward chart-topper 410 million plays to 319 million plays by the end of the year.
July also was the month in which fans heard the first rumblings of Justin's feature film. "We're trying to set up a movie for me in the near future -- it's going to be similar to the story of how I got discovered -- kinda like my own version of 8 Mile," he told Teen Vogue. Beliebers also found out that their favorite singer was going to be on the season premiere of CSI in the fall. "Morning world...we got the acting coach here....learning 'a new craft,'" he tweeted to fans.
In the following weeks, we found out that Justin's movie would be in 3D and he would be releasing a book called 'First Step 2 Forever: My Story' in October. Then we started to see the first of the Justin Bieber merch rearing its head, whether he was involved with its production or not. Silly Bandz announced that they would be releasing a Bieber-themed set of bracelets, and the singer got a comic book dedicated to telling his story.
In August, Justin starred in the first MTV Video Music Awards promo, making it clear that the teen would be a big draw that night. "America's newest singing sensation," the promo began. 'He's taken over the Internet and converted the world into Beliebers." Ultimately, Justin won Best New Artist (the one award for which he was nominated) at the VMAs, but made a memorable performance of a must-see 'My World' medley.
A few weeks later, though, fans were only talking about one thing: Justin getting caught kissing Jasmine Villegas. People speculated about JB's romantic life, but it wasn't Jessica Jarrell, Kim Kardashian or Paige Hurd who was snapped locking lips with the international pop star -- it was his 'Baby' co-star and My World tourmate. Since then, both singers have been hush-hush about their relationship, only admitting to a good friendship.
As the leaves began to turn, Justin's CSI episode aired, impressing many of his fans, and more Bieber-themed items, such as plastic dolls, a fragrance, nail polish and headphones, were announced. 'Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story' was released, and (not surprisingly) became a New York Times bestseller. In a super fun online scavenger hunt, the singer released the official poster for his upcoming 3D movie, and announced its title: 'Never Say Never.'
However, the squeaky clean star did have a few run-ins with the law this year. He was almost arrested for hitting a police officer with a water balloon, and was being investigated for allegedly punching a boy during a game of laser tag. He was eventually cleared from the case.
In November, Justin released 'My Worlds Acoustic,' a CD of unplugged songs from his two CDs. It also included a new song called, 'Pray,' which he sang at the 2010 American Music Awards. He won four AMAs that night, including the coveted Artist of the Year award.
The month was also big for Justin socially, as he hit over 6 million Twitter followers and over a billion views on YouTube. "So I wake up today to almost 15 million on Facebook, over a BILLION VIEWS on YOUTUBE, and...6 MILLION OF THE GREATEST FANS ON EARTH ON TWITTER!!!! THANK U," he tweeted. "This is crazy...My Hometown only has 30,000 people total! NUTS."
You would think that things would settle down at the end of the year for the Bieb, but, in fact, they're still in high gear. The first trailer for 'Never Say Never' was released, and the singer announced dates for his European tour. But perhaps the sweetest icing on the cake was the news that Justin received two Grammy nominations -- Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.
There's no question -- 2010 was all about Bieber, but his fame is well-deserved. He's arguably the hardest working 16-year-old in the business, and he's poised for many more great accomplishments in the future. Check out our Year of Bieber photo gallery below, and reminisce about all the good times Justin had this year.