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Justin Bieber performs ahead of Jake Paul’s two-minute-long fight with Ben Askren

Justin Bieber joined a star-studded roster of musicians ahead of the surprisingly short boxing match between Jake Paul and Ben Askren on Saturday night.

Bieber performed at the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, after previously shooting hoops in the celebrity basketball game for Legends Day earlier this weekend.

The 27-year-old singer–songwriter’s set was among his highest-profile gigs since the coronavirus pandemic engulfed the US more than a year ago.

Headliner: Justin Bieber, 27, headlined the musical performances ahead of the fight in Atlanta on Saturday between YouTuber Jake Paul and former MMA fighter Ben Askren

Despite that, Justin kept his look fairly low key for his performance.

He had on a simple white ribbed shirt with long sleeves, which he contrasted with slim black jeans. 

The Intentions singer covered his shaggy hair with an orange ski cap, and he completed his stage look with nondescript white sneakers.

He also added a bit of bling with a gold chain around his neck.

Shabby chic: Despite it being one of his most high-profile live performances since the start of the pandemic, he kept his look casual

Shabby chic: Despite it being one of his most high-profile live performances since the start of the pandemic, he kept his look casual

Solid colors: He had on a simple white ribbed shirt with long sleeves, which he contrasted with slim black jeans

Solid colors: He had on a simple white ribbed shirt with long sleeves, which he contrasted with slim black jeans

Splash of color: The Intentions singer covered his shaggy hair with an orange ski cap

Classic: He completed his stage look with nondescript white sneakers

Splash of color: The Intentions singer covered his shaggy hair with an orange ski cap, and he completed his stage look with nondescript white sneakers

Justin seemed to favor a fairly minimalist black stage setup to let the crowd focus on his music and performance.

However, he added a bit of visual intrigue with a laser show during a portion of his opening set.

Although he was the lead-in to the Paul vs. Askren fight, he headlined the musical portion of the event, which also featured performances by Doja Cat, Saweetie, The Black Keys and Diplo’s Major Lazer side project.

Although he mostly stuck to vocals, he showed off some of his musical skills when he took to the electric piano on stage. 

Nothing to see: Justin seemed to favor a fairly minimalist black stage setup to let the crowd focus on his music and performance

Nothing to see: Justin seemed to favor a fairly minimalist black stage setup to let the crowd focus on his music and performance

Striking: However, he added a bit of visual intrigue with a laser show during a portion of his opening set

Striking: However, he added a bit of visual intrigue with a laser show during a portion of his opening set

Stacked bill: Other performers on the bill included Doja Cat, Saweetie, The Black Keys and Diplo's Major Lazer side project

Stacked bill: Other performers on the bill included Doja Cat, Saweetie, The Black Keys and Diplo’s Major Lazer side project

Multitalented: Although he mostly stuck to vocals, Justin showed off some of his musical skills when he took to the electric piano on stage

Multitalented: Although he mostly stuck to vocals, Justin showed off some of his musical skills when he took to the electric piano on stage

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Justin will be adding an extra dose of firepower to the upcoming Friends reunion special for HBO Max.

The Canadian musician will be appearing on the special in the ‘Spudnik’ costume that Ross (David Schwimmer) debuted in the season eight episode The One With The Halloween Party.

Bieber is a self-professed Friends superfan. He previously went undercover as a Warner Bros. Studios tour guide who surprised fans when he led them through the original Friends set.

‘Justin was honored to be involved and didn’t mind sending himself up wearing a ridiculous costume,’ a source told the publication.

‘It was all run like a military operation to keep details under wraps, and Justin nailed it.’

New gig: Earlier in the day, it was reported that Justin will be adding an extra dose of firepower to the upcoming Friends reunion special for HBO Max

New gig: Earlier in the day, it was reported that Justin will be adding an extra dose of firepower to the upcoming Friends reunion special for HBO Max

Classic: The Canadian musician will be appearing on the special in the 'Spudnik' costume that Ross (David Schwimmer) debuted in the season eight episode The One With The Halloween Party

Classic: The Canadian musician will be appearing on the special in the ‘Spudnik’ costume that Ross (David Schwimmer) debuted in the season eight episode The One With The Halloween Party

Perfect match: He's a Friends superfan who disguised himself as a tour guide taking visitors through the Friends set on the Warner Bros. lot for The Ellen DeGeneres Show last year

Perfect match: He’s a Friends superfan who disguised himself as a tour guide taking visitors through the Friends set on the Warner Bros. lot for The Ellen DeGeneres Show last year

Justin’s wife Hailey Bieber had accompanied him to Atlanta for Legends Day, but she seemed to keep a low profile when it came to the fight on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, her stylist Maeve Reilly shared photos to Instagram featuring the 24-year-old model in a mirrored Prada mini shirt and bright white crop.

Her 34.3 million Instagram followers got a behind-the-scenes look at her haute couture transformation in her Instagram stories.

She highlighted her impeccably made-up face and elegant blond waves in a closeup snap.

Red hot: Justin's wife Hailey Bieber, 24, kept a low profile at the fight but showed off her glamorous looks earlier in the day

Red hot: Justin’s wife Hailey Bieber, 24, kept a low profile at the fight but showed off her glamorous looks earlier in the day

An earlier video showed her looking fresh-faced with small gold hoop earrings and frizzy straight hair as she held her adorable dog on her lap.

‘Cute lil guy,’ she wrote as she zoomed in on his face while she showed off a soft smile.

She had on a robe while her makeup artist and hairstylist perfect her look. 

Later, she posted the pristine results, adding a black fleece-lined jacket to the crop top–mini skirt combo to stay warm. 

Behind-the-scenes: She was covered up in a robe while waiting her hair and makeup as she zoomed in on her adorable dog. 'Cut lil guy,' she captioned the clip

Behind-the-scenes: She was covered up in a robe while waiting her hair and makeup as she zoomed in on her adorable dog. ‘Cut lil guy,’ she captioned the clip

High fashion: Later, she posted the pristine results showing off her mirrored miniskirt and white crop top with pointy black heels and a black fleece-lined jacket

High fashion: Later, she posted the pristine results showing off her mirrored miniskirt and white crop top with pointy black heels and a black fleece-lined jacket


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