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justin bieber singing 2011

Joining together to help honor a person who they credit for having quite the positive impact in their careers, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Usher were at the 33rd Annual Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Awards in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night (September 17).

Held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, the trio paid tribute to their beloved vocal coach/vocal producer, Jan Smith.

Of the festivities, Bieber tweeted earlier in the day, “back in ATL to honor @ATLVox with @UsherRaymondIV . Love you Mama Jan. happy and proud of u. honored to be here for u”

The 17-year-old later added, “honoring my friend and teacher @atlvox tonight. also excited 2 raise alot of money for #charity this holiday season with the christmas album”

Meanwhile, Usher sent a congratulatory tweet, as he wrote, “Congratulations Mama Jan!!!!”



Justin sang a medley of songs of artists whom Moma Jan has worked for.



Justin Bieber will perform at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Sept. 17. The event isn’t a concert but rather the 33rd annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards.

This year’s honorees include Bieber’s vocal coach and music mentor Jan Smith, and his performance will be a tribute to his professional companion.

“He’s working on a new record that’s going to be a benchmark for him,” Smith told us during recent interview. “His fans are certainly waiting to see what he’s going to do next.”

Known in the industry as “Mama Jan” because of her firm but supportive approach, Smith is glad that Bieber can enjoy time in Atlanta in relative peace. He and gal pal Selena Gomez showed up at Chops not long ago, and dined without anyone bothering them. In Jerusalem this spring, in contrast, Bieber was so beset by paparazzi that he and his crew were unable to visit holy sites until a special, private nighttime tour was arranged.

“It is tough,” Smith said of the pressures facing her young charge. “On the tour, the paparazzi are pretty relentless.”