Published: Tue, August 30, 2016
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Britney Spears' VMA Performance Is Dividing Her Fans


The rapper gave a touching tribute and kissed Rihanna while presenting her with MTV's Video Vanguard Award.

Britney Spears' performance was called a triumphant return to the VMAs.

Having performed at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, Brit-Brit's been doing this longer than a lot of the viewing audience has been alive, that's just facts.

"And so, you know my success, it started as my dream".

Kanye West took the stage before debuting his new music video "Face". G-Eazy joined her, and she briefly covered the chorus of his hit "Me, Myself and I". Spears performed her hit "Make Me..." and danced slickly, but she didn't actually sing a word of the song live.

Drake told the crowd: "She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old". As MTV pointed out, McSpadden, Carr, and Fulton previously appeared in her "Formation" video holding up pictures of their slain sons.

"People come up to me like, 'Man, that's right, take Taylor down, ' - Bro, I love all of y'all".

During his speech, West briefly explained why he reached out to Swift to discuss the controversial lyrics in his song "Famous", in which he proclaims he and "Taylor might still have sex". The four-year-old seemingly stopped on the red carpet to ask her mom a question and with the quick snap of a photo, Blue Ivy went viral too. Arguably the most memorable performance of the night, the 15-minute spectacle featured songs like "Hold Up" an "Formation", along with a special introduction by tennis great Serena Williams and a call-out to the female symbol at the very end.

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While Calvin Harris won the best male video award for his collaboration with Rihanna on "This Is What You Came For", his acceptance speech centered entirely on Rihanna's greatness. One person seemed to enjoy their humor, though: Kanye West, who chuckled at a joke the pair made about his wife, Kim Kardashian West, starring in Law & Order: Snapchat Victims Unit early on in the evening.

Other presenters include Alicia Keys, Puff Daddy and four of the Final Five gymnasts (Gabby Douglas was hospitalized for a mouth infection).

Her politically charged "Formation" beat Adele's 2015 comeback single "Hello", Drake's "Hotline Bling," Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and Kanye West's sleeping nude celebrity look-alikes in "Famous" for video of the year.

Finally, Jimmy Fallon impersonated swimmer Ryan Lochte, making false claims on his musical accomplishments - a reference to the accusation that Lochte filed a false robbery report while in Rio.

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