Justin Bieber booed during Grey Cup halftime show
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, November 25, 2012 9:48PM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 26, 2012 7:13AM EST
TORONTO - Justin Bieber faced a hostile homecoming at the Grey Cup.
The 18-year-old grew up in nearby Stratford, Ontario, but that didn't help his cause with the rowdy crowd at Toronto's Roger Centre, who took aim at the ubiquitous pop star whenever possible.
They booed when Bieber's face popped up on the JumboTron, and when a host spoke his name at the onset of halftime.
The crowd also booed with extra glee as Bieber took the stage and throughout his medley of the finger-snapping, chart-topping hit "Boyfriend" and the disco-inflected club come-on "Beauty and a Beat."
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If Bieber was bothered by the boo-birds, it didn't show, saying "It's an honour to be here at the Grey Cup in Canada."
And, when he said "Make some noise," the crowd obliged ... with more boos.
Seventy-four-year-old Gordon Lightfoot did manage to captivate the crowd, with the Orillia, Ontario native putting in a gentle performance of his iconic 1967 hit "Canadian Railroad Trilogy."
Vancouver pop outfit Marianas Trench was greeted mostly with indifference after their performance, while Carly Rae Jepsen also received a mixed reaction at first.
But Jepsen won the crowd over during an enthusiastic medley of her latest single, "This Kiss," and her dangerously infectious smash hit "Call Me Maybe."