With Britney on an official hiatus and planning her much anticipated wedding, I have decided to compile a list of Britney’s Top 10 performances throughout her amazing career. Since the likelihood of hearing new Britney music is slim to none in the next few years (producer Benny Blanco hinted to a 2014 release) I suppose I’ll have to manage with past inspiration. Let’s all pray to the Britney Gods that she at least appears on a Nicki Minaj track or makes a speedy return to music by the beginning of 2013. Anyway, here is my list of my favorite Britney performances and her most legendary…
10. Till The World Ends – Femme Fatale Tour 2011
Despite what people say about Britney’s lack of dance moves as of late, there are times when Ms. Spears shows a spark of interest and really engages in the choreography which in return makes her look interested. Whether it be the amount of medication she is on or the fact that she has “nothing to prove”, Britney made a welcomed return to dancing on The Femme Fatale Tour and showed much improvement with every ongoing date.
9. Baby One More Time – MTV Music Video Awards 1999
Must we not forget the performance that started her string of legendary MTV VMA performances! Hot of the success of Baby…One More Time, Britney rocked the VMA stage like a veteran and showed the world she wasn’t messing around. This is the performance that separated her from all her peers and proved to the world that she was an equal contender and a true pop phenomenon.
8. Breathe On Me – Rai Due Live (In The Zone Promo Tour) 2003
Yowza! Shedding her ‘good girl’ image undeniably and looking like a sleep deprived club hopping nymphomaniac, Britney came back with a progressive new sound and an accompanied sexed up image. What I like most about this performance is the intimate and minimal setting, but with a banging body and a steamy song you really don’t need more than that, do you? It’s a mystery why Breathe On Me never became a single considering it had mass appeal and much potential to be a massive hit.
7. Me Against The Music – American Music Awards 2003
Britney opened the American Music Awards with a huge bang! Dropping from the ceiling in a silver metallic ensemble only to reveal her svelte figure in a laced up purple bustier, Brit Brit performed her new single and gave the world a sneak peek of what her massive Onyx Hotel Tour would be like. My favorite part of this performance is when the track morphs into the Rishi Rich Desi Kulcha Remix…which every Britney fan knows should have been the lead mix of Me Against The Music!
6. Stronger – American Music Awards 2001
Ohhh the good ol’ days…Britney was dating JT, flaunting her six-pack abs, dancing her sweet ass off and rocking her signature one sleeve gypsy-esque creation! The world was in order, there was harmony in the universe and the future was bright for Britney (for a while anyway). The best part? The bit where Britney is surrounded by a circle of back-up dancers and breaks down with the “bada bopada, I’m stronggger” part…it’s like bitch don’t pretend your microphone was suddenly on and you were singing live for a minute. Who cares though…it’s Britney, bitch!
5. Everytime – Saturday Night Live 2003
It goes without saying that Britney isn’t known for her incredible vocal abilities and instead known for her dance appeal and stage presence, but when she does display her true vocals live Britney sounds quite lovely. It’s a shame that Britney doesn’t showcase her song writing skills more often through personal experiences and hardships. Let’s hope we hear more of a vulnerable side and receive another monster of a ballad on future releases from Brit Brit.
4. Toxic – In The Zone ABC Special 2003
Let’s keep it real, shall we? Britney’s dance moves in this performance are untouchable and no other pop-star at their pinnacle could ever come close to dancing the way Britney did. The choreography is a sexy fast-paced frenzy of dips, twirls & thrusts while Ms. Spears works the floor in high heels and makes it all look so simple. And just to clarify, I do love other pop-stars…but mainly only Rihanna and Gaga…and sometimes Beyonce but really only Sasha Fierce Beyonce so she doesn’t really count.
3. I Got That (Boom Boom) – Total Request Live 2003
Amazing song…Check! Toned body…Check! Flawless dancing…Check! Live Vocals? CHECK! Britney was not fucking around when it came time to promote for In The Zone and with the haters at bay Britney definitely had something to prove with all the controversy and negativity surrounding her. This performance is a clear example of what made Britney such an outstanding pop star and brilliant performer. Her collaboration with The Ying Yang Twins was a fresh, fun surprise and was a precursor of what her new sound would eventually become.
2. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction/Oops.. – MTV Video Music Awards 2000
I still remember watching this performance as a baby-gay in my best friends basement and being completely in awe of what I just witnessed. We watched in shock and amazement and were completely flabbergasted by what was happening before our eyes! “OMG…is she naked?…I think she’s naked…Katie, she’s fucking NAKED!!” The striptease into the flesh sparkly bodysuit is EVERYTHING and still continues to “inspire” other “pop stars” today (fuck off J-Lo) and wannabes (get a life Heidi Montag). This performance gave me goosebumps and still does to this day. Britney is a ferociously talented entertainer who oozes sex appeal and absolutely demands to be watched!
1. I’m A Slave 4 U – MTV Video Music Awards 2001
Uh, duhhhh! Taking a huge risk by debuting a brand new single off her upcoming third album, Britney performed I’m A Slave 4 U for the first time at the 2001 MTV VMA’s to an eager crowd and suspenseful viewers. In an era before internet leaks, shoddy youtube videos and social networking sites; all eyes were on Britney and the pressure to deliver another legendary VMA performance worthy of her title as VMA Queen was high. The Prince-inspired Neptunes produced lead track was a fresh sound for Britney and a sound very few pop stars were experimenting with at the time. With fast intricate choreography, outstanding visual presentation, and daring stage props; Britney earned her title as a pop innovator and remarkable performer.
I recently started watching HBO’s new dramedy Enlightened after being impressed and slightly amused by the trailer. Enlightened tells the story of Amy Jellicoe, played by the wonderful Laura Dern, who suffers a very public nervous breakdown while at work in front of her peers. In order to get her life back together, Amy takes some time off from work and seeks treatment at a rehabilitation center only to return with a new found appreciation for life and its meaning. The problem with achieving enlightenment and changing your perspective on life is having to maintain that state of mind and the difficulties that arise from the naysayers closest to you.
What’s so powerful about Enlightened is its authenticity that is portrayed through the characters, their honest interactions and their mundane activities in their everyday lives. The underlining message and theme in each episode is what sets Enlightened apart from other shows, it’s not superficial and self indulgent but there is real substance of hope and meaning. Laura Dern and Mike White created an offering that is inspiring in so many ways and encourages people to do better and to become better. I suggest everyone watch the first episode and give Enlightened a chance…I promise you will not be disappointed. The world is full of possibility!
Back when television was worth watching…My So-Called Life forever and ever!
I don’t know what show was gayer, She-Ra or He-Man?
Growing up I was a huge Masters of The Universe fan, HUGE! I watched the series regularly, collected all the toys (still have some) and He-Man was my idle. I mean the guy wore purple spandex tights, a super fitted henley and a cute cropped pink blazer that he belted…and that was when he was out of character. How fashionable! When he did transform into He-Man, he suddenly had a tan, wore fur briefs, and rocked a metal harness that served absolutely no purpose. Hellooo daddy! But my favorite thing about He-Man was the fact that he confidently told viewers that “fabulous secret powers” were reveled to him. It doesn’t get any gayer than that! Or does it?
It wasn’t until She-Ra came along that I realized who the real star of the family was. Bitch was ferocious…in and out of character. She also had some pretty fancy friends (Umm Castaspella, Mermista, Frosta…amazing!), flew around on a talking unicorn and ran around with a sexy homo by the name of Bow (the love of my life). I blame my obsession with She-Ra on my sister and her best friend, Bethy. Bethy would come over every week and bring her Crystal Castle playset with the dolls and taunt me. I wanted the playset and dolls so badly and although I never received them (I was too embarrassed to ask my mom), Bethy was nice enough to let me borrow the playset and dolls as a birthday present. Best birthday everrr!
Here are a few pictures of the amazingness that was She-Ra and He-Man, as well as each shows intro. And in case anyone was wondering, both She-Ra and He-Man are available for viewing on Netflix. If you haven’t seen either show and are unfamiliar completely well then I seriously suggest you start watching immediately… FOR THE HONOR OF GRAYSKULL!