Justin Bieber has become exceptionally gifted at making people annoyed with him over the last few years. His latest controversial venture has been to totally disrespect (whether intentionally or not) the memory of recently deceased musical legend Prince, who stands as one of the greatest entertainment innovators of all time.

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While celebrities and fans were sending out heartfelt tributes and messages to the 'Purple Rain' singer, Bieber took the chance to remind everyone that there are still other legends alive and well in the world. Unfortunately, he appeared to be referring to himself.

Singer and guitarist Andrew Watt posted a shot of himself on Instagram rocking out on stage in a Prince T-shirt alongside a heartwrenching comment expressing his grief. 'Today waking up to this news I am truly beside myself...devastated...the last of the greatest living performers...my guitar idol', he wrote. No sooner had he posted the picture than Justin Bieber waded in with a bravado-laden attempt to seize the spotlight. 'Well not the last greatest living performer', he crassly replied. 

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It's unclear whether Bieber was referring to the singer-songwriter himself, merely disagreeing by wordlessly pointing out the other living legends out there, or talking about himself, but the majority of people who saw the comment seemed to think that he was doing the latter. A number of comments soon followed, all in the vein of 'What do you mean?'

There's something grossly inappropriate about minimalizing a deceased person's legacy, whether you believe it's true or not. But then, Bieber has never been about respect - just look at his legal history. Egging neighbors, fighting with paparazzi, dangerous driving... the list goes on. Even if Bieber wasn't inferring that his own existence is contrary to Watt's claim that the last living legend has passed on, the fact that so many people assumed he did speaks volumes about how the world sees the 22-year-old popstar.

'Is it too late now to say sorry?'

Yep. It probably is, Biebs.