Only six days left until we are in Las Vegas, NV. for Britney Spears‘ Britney: Piece of Me show. To coincide with the countdown we put together a list of the icon’s most memorable performances of her career… so far!
Since bursting onto the scene in 1998 with her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 debut single “…Baby One More Time“, Britney Spears has delivered some of the most iconic and memorable stage performances our generation has seen. From show stopping classroom dance battles to a sexy snake charming routine, Britney has a dominating stage presence that is only rivaled by the likes Madonna and Janet Jackson.
6. …Baby One More Time LIVE at the 1999 VMAs
In 1999, a young-faced Britney stormed out from behind a set of lockers and struck a pose that would be forever ingrained into the minds of fans across the globe. This performance was just a taste of what Britney planned on bringing to the MTV Video Music Awards in years to come. But, for the time, the performance kept fans more than satisfied. Oh yeah, not to mention after her part of the performance boy band N*Sync took the stage. But, feel free to skip the ending.
5. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction/Oops!…I Did It Again Live at the 2000 VMAs
Fast forward one year later to the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. It was this year that Britney stole the show. She did so with this show stopping strip tease that was packed full of high energy dancing, great vocals and a level of fierceness that could not have been delivered to the VMA stage by anyone else but Britney. Take a look!
4. The Way You Make Me Feel LIVE at the 30th Anniversary Michael Jackson Special
Some of Britney’s biggest fans aren’t even just regular people like you and I. They are in fact big named celebrities like the late King of Pop Michael Jackson. In 2002, Jackson asked Britney to join him on stage for a special rendition of “The Way You Make Me Feel” – one of Jackson’s biggest hits. The performance was one that brought generations together to dance and celebrate the two musicians. Enjoy!
3. Gimme More Live at the 2007 VMAs
“Not every performance can be a good performance. You will have some amazing performances and then you’ll also have some okay ones,” Britney said in her 2008 documentary Britney: For the Record of her 2007 performance of her song “Gimme More”. After shaving her head, beating up a car with an umbrella and basically going a-wall, Britney agreed to open the show. The performance would go down in history as one of the biggest flop performances of not only her career, but in VMA history. Many saw this as a turning point in the world of Britney. And it became one of the most publicized and talked about performances ever. The show saw a 53% jump in viewership from the year before. Behold the power of Britney – even at her worst she still was iconic.
2.Like a Virgin/Hollywood LIVE at the 2003 VMAs
There has only been one artist who has had the privilege to perform alongside both Michael Jackson and Madonna – Britney Spears. Not only did Britney get the chance to perform with Madonna, but she also KISSED her in what would become one of the most talked about female to female kisses of all time. The media frenzy that erupted after THE KISS was unprecedented. Controversy has always surrounded Britney, but the kiss took her to a whole new level of syndication. Oh yeah, Christina Aguilera was there too, but no one cared and still doesn’t. #SorryChristina
1. I’m a Slave 4 U LIVE at the 2001 VMAs
Despite her controversial 2000 VMA striptease, Britney was still struggling with separating herself with the “good innocent girl next door” image she had built up for herself with her first two albums. However, her 2001 debut performance of her hit song “I’m a Slave 4 U” would do just that. The performance was a perfect representation of everything that makes Britney Spears one of the greatest performers of our time – high energy dance moves, great visuals and sexy costumes. But, perhaps the most iconic and memorable moment of the performance was when Spears strutted across the stage wearing a live yellow boa constrictor named Banana. The image of her singing and dancing across the stage with the snake has been used and redone many times in popular culture since. Behold, the best of Spears with her 2001 MTV Video Music Awards performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U”.