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This Day in Pop: Britney Spears performs at the VMA's in 2007 (September 9)


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On September 9, 2007 the MTV Video Music Awards aired live from The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. It was the smallest VMAs ever held in many aspects: smallest venue, thus smallest audience, they removed 13 of the awards categories, and only 4 performances took place in the main stage: Chris Brown featuring Rihanna, Linkin Park, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears (well, there was a closing medley of Timbaland with Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and others).

Britney opened the show with a performance of her newly released song Gimme More, the lead single off her upcoming fifth studio album Blackout. The number started with the opening lines of Elvis Presley's Trouble that leads to her now iconic phrase "It's Britney, *****!"

 

The original performance was supposed to involve magic tricks provided by Criss Angel. The truth about this original concept is still debated: he commented on an interview for People magazine that Britney failed to supply adequate preparation time, while other insiders claimed it was him who didn't make room for rehearsals.

She would return the following year as the biggest winner of the night, however, she didn't perform at the VMAs again until 2016.

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