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After a nearly fatal jet-ski accident in May, rapper Sean Kingston, 21, walked the red carpet at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards -- seeming fully aware of how lucky he is to be alive. As he tells People, "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling blessed, a hundred percent."
Kingston certainly had reason to feel that way. The rapper received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic Teen Choice Awards crowd. And he also got a big on-stage hug from friend and collaborator Justin Bieber, who tweeted on May 30: "got my friend @seankingston in my prayers tonight. a true friend and big bro. please keep him in your prayers tonight as well."
On May 29, Kingston and a female friend were riding a jet ski off the coast of Miami Beach when they crashed into the Palm Island Bridge. An eyewitness to the accident tended to the wounded pair until Miami Beach Fire Rescue arrived, and Kingston was rushed to the ICU.
Having barely survived the initial accident, Kingston faced another near-death situation in the hospital, when his torn aorta required open-heart surgery. But the "Beautiful Girls" singer pulled through that challenge as well and -- just two months after the harrowing accident -- returned to the stage to perform.
Kingston tells People that it's likely that his jet-skiing days are behind him -- and that he's taken some valuable lessons from the trials of the past couple of months. "Basically, I learned that in life anything can happen and you have to count your blessings and worship God, and believe in God," he says. "And know that anything can happen, so you have to be cautious about what you do."
That caution does not extend to his career, as Kingston is diving headfirst back into making music. "I'm happy to be back healthy," he says. "And I'm going back into the studio tomorrow."