The 26-year old singer took to the VMA stage again last September 8, and all wondered what the starlet had in store after her 2007 opening performance of “Gimme More” had everyone who saw it, frankly, asking for less.
As it turned out, Britney's 2007 bust didn't stop the disgraced princess of pop from reclaiming the stage, which she took amidst a standing ovation.
“Thank you so much. Thank you for all the love,” said the starlet as she opened the festivities, albeit without performing, at the Los Angeles event. “I’m here tonight to celebrate a very important birthday, the 25th anniversary of the VMAs. This is the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards and it starts right now.”
But was it also the start of Britney's (second) comeback?
She certainly did no worse for the rest of the evening. She swept all the awards she was nominated for, taking home three VMA “Moonman” statuettes for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year. She had been nominated for VMAs 16 more times previously, but had never won.
Ironically, her victories thanks to her work “Piece of Me” seemed perfectly apt for the story of her career. Mtv.com describes her winning video as such: “Routinely besieged by the paparazzi and her life constantly under a media-focused microscope, Britney hit back with a smirk in this one and laid out a cheeky video that made light of her plight.”
The celebrity musician exploded into stardom as a teenager in 1998 by delivering hit songs and albums such as “Baby One More Time” and “Oops, I Did It Again.” But it was the flashbulbs of the tabloids and the paparazzi rather than stage lights that washed over her in recent years, following a falling-out with her ex-husband and an ensuing custody battle over their two young sons, AFP relates. Her career seemed all but over when she was twice rushed to the hospital in January amidst fears for her mental health.
“Can Britney ever be Britney again?” an mtv.com writer asked after the awards ceremony. “The pop star might have swept the VMAs, but is it enough for a real comeback?”
Answered one poster: “She will most definitely reclaim her throne. No matter how many so-called superstars have surfaced.”
“She's dated. She and her handlers are trying to recreate the exact same image she had when she was a teenager,” said another. “The music never grows, she is stuck in 1999... Everything she does has [been] done before.”
A third viewpoint was less polarizing. “I'm not thinking 'comeback',” it went. “I'm just looking forward to seeing Britney evolve as a professional and as a person. I've never lost faith her in her. She is a survivor in the tough entertainment world.”
“Britney stunned for her presence and not as a punch line,” declares sunworship1981 while pointing out the differences between the 2007 and 2008 VMAs. “Ladies and Gentlemen, let us face the fact that Britney Spears is STILL relevant in the pop culture arena.”
One is indeed not bound to forget Britney's presence on the music scene soon. Since her triple triumph at the VMAs, she has announced the release of her forthcoming album, Circus, in December.
“The sad thing is,” blogger hotgossiper says, “That title speaks truthfully about her life.”