Usher will join Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith at the Grammys and he explained to Access Hollywood why he has decided to use the forum to unite with his protégé on stage.
”[It’s] just in time for the launch of [his movie], ‘Never Say Never,’” Usher explained at Belvedere Vodka’s pre-Grammy party at Avalon to celebrate its partnership with (RED) to raise proceeds for the Global Fund, in Los Angeles on Thursday night. “This has definitely been a very successful year for him and for myself as well so we found a very creative way to bring our worlds together.
“He wouldn’t be the artist that he is if I didn’t help introduce him, so I felt like, you know, it would definitely be fun for the fans,” Usher added. “And hopefully you know [we’ll] top off the night of him winning Best New Artist. I’m really hoping for that. I think he deserves it.”
Usher said he’s thrilled to see the rise of The Biebs and glad he’s been able to help out the 16-year-old on his rise to fame.
“I’m very proud, proud for many reasons,” he said. “Here you have an artist that was recognized and has actually been able to benefit from some of the experiences good and bad of my own.
“This is just the beginning of his career; this is his first album and look at the type of success that we’ve had,” Usher continued. “Some people it takes an entire lifetime to have this type of success, but having been protected and mentored by myself, I’m doing everything in my effort to make sure that he’s headed the right direction.”