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Justin Bieber isn't shy when it comes to talking about his faith. He told thousands of fans at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday to keep God first.
After nabbing the choice music male artist award – in the form of a surfboard – Bieber thanked his screaming fans and brought his faith into the mix by saying: "I want to say that anything is possible. ... You got to keep God first and always remember to keep family first. Jesus loves every one of you!"
The teen pop sensation has made similar comments before.
He told Entertainment Tonight earlier this year that "if you put God first and remember to always stay humble and always be gracious then anything can happen."
With millions of fans, sold out tours, a double platinum album and Grammy nominations – all within three years – Bieber has been asked many times how he stays grounded.
His answer has always been God.
"I think that God is the only thing keeping me sane right now," he said in a backstage interview at the American Music Awards last year.
The self-identified Christian, who has a new tattoo of Jesus’ name in Hebrew under his arm, has told media outlets, including The Associated Press, that he believes Jesus died on the cross for his sins and that he has a relationship with Jesus.
"He's the reason I'm here so I definitely have to remember that," he told AP. "As soon as I start forgetting, I got to click back and be like, you know, this is why I'm here."
Bieber's mother, Patricia Lynn Mallette, is a devout Christian. Initially, she was hesitant to have her son enter the secular music industry and pondered the Christian music industry instead. But she has said that she prayed about it and realized that God wanted her son to be a light in the world.
Bieber also won choice TV villain (from his appearance on "CSI"), choice male hottie, and choice twit at the Teen Choice Awards.
The "Ultimate Choice Award" went to country artist Taylor Swift.