August 30, 2015 11:00 PM EDT

It moved the singer himself to an emotional breaking point—maybe it’ll do the same for you.

Justin Bieber, on the comeback trail after a recent run of negative press, returned to the Video Music Awards stage with a performance of his new single “What Do You Mean,” one that involved his flying in the air and, afterwards, breaking down in tears.

This was Bieber’s first performance at the Video Music Awards since 2010.

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