Dave Sandford/Getty Images
Beliebe it or not, he's back. Justin Bieber took the stage on Thursday night to perform for the first time in nearly a year after his canceled Justice tour.
Bieber got on stage and sat on a barstool while singing stripped-down versions of some of his biggest hits during an NHL All-Star party in Toronto, Canada. The performance was a complete surprise, though his appearance at the event was to be expected as the party was thrown in part with his clothing brand, Drew House.
The musician kicked off his casual setlist with a slowed-down version of his 2010 hit, “Baby,” according to fans in the audience. He also reportedly performed “Eenie Meenie,” “Peaches,” and “Hold On.” Bieber's voice sounded as melodic and velvety as ever as he casually sat on his stool, belting out the words with one hand in his pocket. Bieber's wife Hailey Bieber was in attendance and shared photos of her husband on stage, with one caption that read, “here's your jb eras performance.” He also sang SZA's “Snooze,” the remix of which Bieber is featured on.
Bieber hasn't performed publicly in nearly a year after he canceled his Justice World Tour following health struggles with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can cause facial paralysis. Bieber posted a video on Instagram in 2022 showing that half of his face was paralyzed by the disorder, leading him to postpone several tour dates before finally canceling outright.
“As you can see, this eye is not blinking,” Bieber said in the video to fans. “I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move. So there’s full paralysis on this side of my face."
But with his surprise performance on Thursday and vocals sounding as crisp as ever, fans are wondering if this is the start of his comeback. There is also speculation that Justin Bieber might make an appearance during Usher's Super Bowl halftime show this year after the former posted photos of himself rehearsing for something earlier this month. Usher originally signed Bieber to the Raymond Braun Media Group in 2008, a company he co-owns with Scooter Braun, and took the then-teenaged Bieber under his wing. The two musicians have remained close, with Usher speaking highly of Bieber.
Whether the performance is part of the first step toward a Bieber Super Bowl appearance or just a chance for the musician to sing publicly again will remain to be seen. Super Bowl LVIII airs on February 11.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue
Want more great Culture stories from Teen Vogue? Check these out: