Boyz II Men's Advice for Justin Bieber
May 31, 2012
Boyz II Men was a dominant musical force throughout the '90s and became the most commercially successful R&B group of all time with more than 60 million albums sold. The Insider's Brooke Anderson sits down with the trio to find out where they've been all this time and to get their best advice for today's young superstars.
When asked what was it like once performing with Justin Bieber at a mega concert in New York's Madison Square Garden, the group's Wanya Morris said most parents in the audience were well aware who they were, but some of the kids obviously didn't have a clue. "They were like, who are those big black dudes next to Justin Bieber? Somebody protect him (laughs). "No, but really it was a great response -- we instantly became cool to our kids because of that."
Shawn Stockman said he remembers being able to speak with the teen sensation for several hours and offered the following advice about dealing with fame. "One of the things that I told him was that people love you because you're being who you are. Don't change that... don't feel like you have to be peer pressured to act like something that you're not."
While Bieber faces screaming mobs everywhere in the world, Wanya said Boyz II Men had a different kind of fan base that didn't lend itself to quite as much girl-crazy hysteria. "We weren't the type to stand onstage and take off our shirts. We didn't want that type of groupie throwing their panties on stage," says. But he also adds: "For the record, some fans did throw their panties on stage, some did. Big ones too -- big Boyz II Men fans!"
The group is currently on a nationwide tour and just released One More Dance, the second single to be released on their landmark album Twenty. The latest release follows the album's first single, More Than You'll Ever Know, which features the legendary R&B artist Charlie Wilson.
Watch the video for more of the interview -- conducted at West Hollywood hotspot Greystone Manor -- to hear the trio's thoughts on how today's world makes it possible for anyone to become famous and to find out what they've been doing over the past decade.