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On August 28, 2016 the VMA's were held at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Rihanna received the Video Vanguard Award, and Beyoncé won 8 awards that night, overtaking Madonna's record of most moonmen with a total of 26. That year, also marked the return of Britney Spears to the VMA's stage since her last, heavily criticized performance in 2007. Britney performed the lead single off her ninth studio album Glory, Make Me... which features rapper G-Eazy. He joined her onstage to do his rap, and then the performance transitioned to Me, Myself and I, a song originally performed by G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha. They closed the number by doing the final part of Make Me...
On August 5, 2016, Britney Spears released the Make Me... music video featuring G-Eazy. After two months since we knew that she had started shooting a music video for the lead single off Glory, and after some clips had started leaking, we were finally able to enjoy the video, except that, well, it turned out to be something completely different than the David LaChapelle-directed music video that we were expecting to see. This new video was shot on July 16 and it was directed by Randee St. Nicholas. In late July, Britney talked about it: "The video that I just shot is me and all my girls. We're making guys audition for us. The whole theme is us basically playing with them. It's really kind of fun and it's interesting". At the moment we weren't sure if they had re-shot the video altogether or if it was just a new part of the plot we hadn't heard before. In all fairness, @Blackout ***** tried to warn us In September, Larry Rudolph, Britney's manager, explained the situation in an interview for Los Angeles Times: Exactly the explanation the Britney Army wanted to hear The video got a different version released in September through the mobile app Britney Spears: American Dream. A rough cut from the original LaChapelle video leaked in 2019. What is your favorite part of the video? What are your memories from when it premiered?
On July 15, 2016, Britney Spears released Make Me... as the lead single off her ninth studio album Glory. It featured the rapper G-Eazy. The track was written by Britney, Matthew Burns, Joe Janiak and G-Eazy, while produced by Burns, with Mischke serving as a vocal producer. Commercially, the song reached top-ten peaks in Finland, Hungary, and Israel while reaching top-twenty in Canada, France, Scotland, top forty in Australia and in the United States where it charted at number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Dance Club Songs chart. As of April 2018, Make Me... was certified platinum by the RIAA for combined sales and streams of 1 million units in the US. The audio clip on Britney's official YouTube channel has over 32 million views. The song received a music video the following month, but we'll leave that anniversary for later...