Behind Justin Bieber's Grammy snub

(CBS News) Justin Bieber is flying high these days. He's in the middle of a sold-out tour, and his new album has three hit singles.

But he didn't get a single nomination this week from Grammy voters - a mix of writers, performers, journalists, and others in the music industry.

Pictures: 2013 Grammy nominees
Pictures: From the Grammy concert

It's a high-profile snub that apparently indicates Grammy voters are not willing to commit to Bieber.

When the nominations were announced Wednesday night, Mumford and Sons and Jay Z led the pack, but there was no Bieber in the bunch.

Bill Werde, editorial director of Billboard magazine, said, "This is fuel for the Justin Bieber fire. Justin's fans love to see Justin as an underdog."

Werde says some Grammy voters may not realize that Bieber is not just a prefab pop creation. Werde said, "I think there are a lot of misconceptions about Justin Bieber. This is a kid that wrote or co-wrote every track but one on his album. He played a ton of different instruments on his album. And I think that maybe people have the wrong idea about that."

The former baby-faced singer has grown up. Now 18, his voice and the music on his third album "Believe" are more mature, with lyrics like "as long as you love me I'll be your platinum, I'll be your silver, I'll be your gold."

The Grammy board had no comment on their decision, but on Twitter, Bieber's manager Scooter Braun had some words for them, saying:

Two years ago, the singer famously lost the best new artist Grammy to jazz singer Esperanza Spalding. During a recent interview on Oprah's next chapter, Bieber said winning a Grammy is a goal, "(A Grammy), that would be really cool if I could win that."

Bieber still has plenty of time to win a Grammy, but even if he never does he'll be in good company: The Beach Boys, Diana Ross, The Who and Queen have never won Grammy gold.

At the American Music Awards, Bieber said, "This is for all the haters who thought I would only be here one or two years."

The singer can take solace in his seven American Music Awards and the reported $55 million he made in the past year.

Watch Ben Tracy's report in the video above.

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