Justin Bieber is ready to take his fame to the next level at the 2009 Video Music Awards.
While the Usher protégé has a few fans of his own — more than 200,000 on Twitter — there’s one lady he still gets excited about. And he’s hoping that when he graces the carpet at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, he’ll get the chance to meet the nine-time-nominated star.
“I’m very excited to be able to walk the red carpet,” the 15-year-old pop singer told MTV News. “I actually went to the Kids’ Choice Awards awhile back, but this is the first big red-carpet experience, so I’m very excited. And I’m really looking forward to seeing Beyoncé. That’s going to be great.”
Bieber — who names Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Boys II Men as the influences for his album My World, out November 17 — will be making one of his fans very happy at the VMAs. He’ll shout out one fan’s name on the red carpet, which he’s really looking forward to. (Want to be that person? Let us know why you’re Justin Bieber’s biggest fan!)
“Being able to have them all participate just makes me feel good,” he said about the contest. “Having them make videos for me is awesome. I mean, without my fans, I wouldn’t be here, so I definitely am thankful for my fans. You guys keep coming up with the videos. They’re awesome, so just keep coming with them.”
Watch the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Preshow this Sunday, September 13, at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the big event, live at 9 p.m. Check out our interactive map of New York to see how the city is celebrating the VMAs all week long, and stay tuned for party coverage, concert reports, behind-the-scenes updates and more.