12/27/2012 01:42 EST

20 Best Justin Bieber Moments Of 2012

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo, Justin Bieber accepts the award for favorite album - pop/rock for "Believe" at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police announced Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012 that they have arrested an unidentified juvenile for sending hoax messages that led to large police responses to the homes of Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

n 2010, a fresh-faced kid named Justin Bieber took the world by storm with his chart-topping hits "Baby," "Never Let You Go" and "U Smile." In 2011, the heartthrob now knows as The Biebs released a massively successful biopic, Never Say Never, celebrated the vocal dropping of his balls with a much-heralded quote by his manager, Scooter Braun, and managed to weather his first paternity scandal.

But that was all child's play compared to what was waiting for the Canadian superstar in 2012.

This was the year that saw Bieber grow up, both chronologically and artistically. He celebrated the most anticipated eighteenth birthday since the Olsen twins became legal and he released his all-grown-up third album, Believe, which showcases his newfound post-pubescent voice and swagger. He also managed to become a budding music mogul, scandalize the world by giving his pet hamster to a fan, get his heart broken and single-handedly revive Hammer pants along the way.

Here are 20 of our favourite 2012 Justin Bieber moments:

20 Best Justin Bieber Moments Of 2012