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Busy little Bieber: A year in the life of a pop idol

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Justin Bieber began 2011 by appearing on the cover of the February issue of Vanity Fair, which came out on Jan. 11. In the article he revealed that he was crazy AND nuts. “I’m crazy, I’m nuts,” was how he put it.

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On Jan. 14, Bieber unveiled his first facial hair at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles.

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On Jan, 17, Bieber discovered he perhaps wasn't as crazy and nuts as he believed when he teamed up with Ozzy Osbourne to shoot a Best Buy commercial that aired during the Super Bowl.

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February brought us the release of the documentary "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" and this extraordinary reaction from one of his fans at the movie's premiere in Los Angeles on Feb. 8.

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Justin Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun keep the fans in line at the premiere of "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" in Los Angeles on Feb. 8.

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In February, Bieber made the cover of the April issue of Mad magazine, which came out in early February.


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Then he made the March 3rd cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which also came out in early February.

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Bieber performed at the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, dancing with a ninja and exciting a bald man in his 30s.


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On Feb. 16, Bieber dribbled a ball between his legs during the warm-up for an all-star celebrity basketball game as part of the NBA All-Star basketball weekend in Los Angeles. God, we're still just in February?!


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On Feb. 17, Bieber made his acting debut playing a brooding teenager named Jason McCann in an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" entitled "Targets of Obsession."


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Helping to turn February into the longest month of the year, Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez hit the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Feb. 27. This wasn't a Leap Year, was it?

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March!! Finally! Justin Bieber's shoes went on display at the Bata Shoe Museum on Toronto on the 14th.

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The very next day -- THE VERY NEXT DAY! -- Justin Bieber was in London for the unveiling of his likeness at Madame Tussauds decidely passé wax museum.


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On April 14, Bieber played a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, where fan Hallel Goldamna, 13, did her best to catch her idol's attentions.

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If this is May, then Justin Bieber must be taking his glasses off in Manila, Philippines, during a concert on May 10th.


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On June 28, Hamleys toy store in London, England, predicted that this Justin Bieber singing doll would be one of the hottest-selling toys this Christmas. There has been no evidence of this being true.


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On July 13, Bieber attended the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles with his girlfriend Selena Gomez.

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On August 28, Bieber attended the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles with his girlfriend Selena Gomez and a snake.

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On Oct. 17, Bieber performed in Lima, Peru, and was captured in a photograph that would be run with 17-million news stories around the world about a paternity suit filed by a fan named Mariah Yeater who claimed Bieber fathered her son during a brief backstage tryst. She later dropped the suit, but Peru was ruined forever for Bieber's fans.

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On Nov. 6, Bieber unveiled a new look involving spiky hair, ear studs and a lot of meanspirited Internet comments about him looking more like a girl than ever.


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Finally, on Dec. 11, Justin Bieber took part in a Christmas celebration in Washington, D.C., where security kept him two American pop stars away from the President at all times (in this case, Jennifer Hudson and Victoria Justice).

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