Confusion was abound when Justin Bieber won the award for Artist of the Year at the VMAs on Sunday. The 27-year-old beat out Ariana Grande, Doja CatMegan Thee StallionOlivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift in the category. 

As he took the stage to accept the award, Bieber lauded music's unifying abilities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend the globe. The warm sentiment, however, wasn't enough to quell those who were upset and perplexed by the victory.