Britney Spears has given many a memorable VMAs performance since first gracing the stage back in 1999. So memorable, in fact, that her most buzzworthy sets have seemingly eclipsed any recollection of her debut at the 15th annual awards show.
“I think I was with *NSYNC when I performed for the first time. I think the whole setup was a classroom, and my four main dancers were in the front at their desk and I came out of my locker,” she said on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show Monday. “But, you know what, I don’t remember at all. I have no recollection. I couldn’t tell you anything about it.”
Her statement comes the morning after she hit the VMAs stage for the first time since 2007, when she sang Blackout entry “Gimme More” clad in a black sequined two-piece. Sunday night’s performance saw her don a sparkling metallic bodysuit for a G-Eazy-assisted rendition of “Make Me…,” the lead single from her just-released ninth studio album Glory.
“We wanted to do something different, something I’ve never done before, so that was probably the coolest thing we could come up with,” she said of the performance, which showcased Spears dancing in front of shadow puppets. Spears then added of G-Eazy, “He’s so sweet! He’s got a lot of swag, he’s got the whole cool thing going on.”
Spears has a history crafting jaw-dropping VMA moments: She famously performed with a yellow boa constrictor in 2001 and kissed Madonna onstage during the 2003 ceremony.