Justin Bieber
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There was a time, not too long ago, when Justin Bieber was just a regular boy. His name wasn't yet synonymous with huge crowds and swooning teenyboppers. Then, four years ago, everything changed.

Born in a small town in Ontario, Canada, Justin lived in public housing with his single mom, Pattie. At only 2 years old, Justin started playing the drums. Later he picked up the piano, guitar and trumpet. When he was 12, Justin entered a local singing contest. He took second place, but the real victory came after his mother posted videos of him singing on YouTube. Millions around the world took notice, including music superstars Usher and Justin Timberlake, who fought over who would sign the rising star. Usher won that battle and introduced Justin to legendary music producer Antonio "L.A." Reid, who signed him on the spot.

In the past year, Justin's career has skyrocketed. At just 16-years-old, he's been on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and atop the record charts with his latest album, My World 2.0.
FROM: Oprah's Search for the Most Talented Kids with Justin Bieber and Charice
Published on May 11, 2010

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