Michael Buble has joked that Justin Bieber’s success at the American Music Awards has heralded a new era for Canadian pop music.
The crooner said he and Justin – who he mimicks in his latest video – were just two Canadian acts who were ready to take over the US market.
Speaking backstage at the LA ceremony, he quipped: “There’s something happening here that you guys don’t talk about and that’s because you don’t know. But I’ll break it to you – while you Americans are sitting there and getting fat, us Canadians are ready to take over. You know it!
“We’re plotting. We’ve got Bieber, Celine (Dion), me, Alanis (Morrissette). Nickelback is very strong. Tragically Hip and Jim Carrey – all coming for you.”
Earlier on the red carpet, stars including Michael were asked who their teen idol was as part of the build-up to New Kids On The Block’s highly-anticipated collaboration with the Backstreet Boys, which closed the show.
“I love Liza, and I’m not gay,” said Michael. “I just love her.”
Donnie Wahlberg of the New Kids said posters of Leif Garret and Shaun Cassidy graced the walls of his house when he was younger, before admitting: “That was my sister’s wall, actually.”
After the show, Katy Perry and Russell Brand were among the celebrities living it up in the Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge, which is still yet to officially open.
Kid Rock held court in the VIP room overlooking the downstairs dance floor, where waitresses swept by with short ribs, mini cheeseburgers, crab cakes and freshwater eel rolls.
Jon Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne, Ke$ha and Kelly Osbourne were also among the first to celebrate inside the new two-storey spot in Hollywood.