Justin Bieber is booed at Billboard awards – watch

Plus; 'Baby' single passes Elton John to become highest-certified song in history

Justin Bieber was booed at the Billboard awards last night (May 19) just days after missing the deadline to save his pet monkey Mally from becoming property of Germany.

Bieber picked up the award for Top Male Artist as well as the new Milestone award in Las Vegas on Sunday night but was met with boos when collecting the latter prize – scroll down to watch.

Addressing his mixed response, Bieber said: “I’m 19 years old. I think I’m doing a pretty good job.” He added: “From my heart I really just want to say it should be about the music, about the craft. It should be about the music. This is not a gimmick. I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously. This other bull should not be spoken of.”

The hostile audience reaction came just two days after Bieber is believed to have missed the deadline to save his pet monkey Mally from becoming property of German authorities. Bieber had until midnight on Friday (May 17) to hand over the correct documentation for the pet but due to a three-day public holiday in Germany, it has not yet been confirmed whether this deadline was met. It is believed that German officials will be billing the pop star for the monkey’s care, vet visits and food, with the costs likely to run into thousands of pounds.

Finally, despite being booed and failing to look after his monkey, Bieber has found himself in the history books after his single ‘Baby’ went 12-times platinum and becoming the highest-certified single in history in the process. The song has now overtaken Sir Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind/Something About the Way You Look Tonight’ and came after a recent change in singles classification that sees streaming data from YouTube and Vevo videos and Spotify plays count towards its status. The track has been viewed over 858 million times online.