Shut up and listen. We are on the cusp of pop culture history right now. Let me explain. It has just been announced that the undisputed Princess of Pop, the legendary Miss Britney Spears will be performing at the years VMAs.
You’re probably thinking, “so what? didn’t Britney just perform a medley like a month ago at the Billboard Music Awards?” Yes, yes she did. But honestly, the Billboard Music Awards are gum on the bottom of the shoe of the MTV VMAs when it comes to legendary pop culture performances. The VMAs are a huge factor in what made Britney Spears the pop icon she is today. What do you think of when I say “Britney Spears”? Yellow snake? Kissing Madonna? All VMA moments.
Britney Spears is the VMAs. The VMAs are Britney Spears. Plain and simple.
So when Britney released the teaser announcing she’ll be performing at the VMAs, I practically had a heart attack. Watch the teaser. Watch. It.
It’s historic. THE SNAKE, THE RED BODY SUIT, THE LEGENDARY “IT’S BRITNEY, BITCH” (which should be noted, was not murmured during her Billboard performance). Most importantly though, this will be the first time Ms. Spears will be performing on the VMA stage since 2007’s performance of “Gimme More.” That was nine years ago. And if that teaser is any indicator, it will be a triumphant return.
Just take a look at their history of iconic performances.
1999: “…Baby One More Time”/”Tearin’ Up My Heart” with *NSYNC
Why is it important? Her VMA debut. And also, “right now I’d like to introduce to you some friends of mine.”
2000: “Oops!…I Did It Again”
Why is it important? This 2000 performance was controversial at the time (LOL) and caused headlines deeming it inappropriate due to the fact she looked “nude.”
2001: “I’m A Slave 4 U”
Why is it important? It’s THAT performance.
2003: “Like A Virgin”/”Hollywood” with Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Elliot
Why is it important? The kiss.
2007: Gimme More
Why is it important? The breakdown era. Britney skipped rehearsals, and half-assed this performance expressing she was truly over the industry.
2011: Receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Why is it important? Acceptance of her legend status.
The show premieres on MTV on Sunday, August 28th two days after her ninth studio album “Glory” debuts. Welcome back, pop culture..
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