At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, a possible heir to the Justin Bieber throne was crowned when Austin Mahone took home one of the evening’s top prizes.

The up-and-coming pop star left Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday (Aug. 25) with this year’s Artist to Watch Award, proving that the legion of Mahomies (think Beliebers) is growing in strength.

During his acceptance speech, Mahone thanked God and his mother, who raised him as a single mom, giving us some serious deja vu. Could Mahone be the next Bieber? Watch his full acceptance speech above and let us know what you think.

Photo/Video credit: MTV, Getty Images

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