Britney's VMAs 'performance'

Spears_lI should have known that Britney Spears’ big Video Music Awards performance would have been uncomfortable to watch the moment it opened, with that closeup of the weave tracks in the back of her head (seriously, MTV camera folks, didja think that was a flattering angle?). But I wasn’t quite prepared for the awkward mess in store, as Britney gallumphed around like a zombie while lip-synching to her new single, "Gimme More."

I was really rooting for Britney to be awesome and get the show off on the right foot. And by all rights, she should have rocked — "Gimme More" has been received amazingly well (it’s no "Toxic," but admit it, it’s better than you expected) — and we have all those fond memories of Brit Brit from VMAs past (with the python, with Madonna and Xtina). But instead of watching a sexy, exciting performance — a resounding statement that yes, she IS Britney, bitch — I saw a tentative, confused-looking girl who could barely muster the energy to mouth along with the backing track, let alone work those stilleto boots. Britney, if you’re gonna lip-synch, at least be entertaining!

PopWatchers, am I being too harsh?

UPDATE: If you haven’t seen Britney’s performance, you can watch it after the jump, via this clip from AOL Music. (If you watch the clip on the AOL Music page, it’s preceded by an anti-drug PSA. Think AOL is trying to send a message?)

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  • Person

    I really just felt bad for her. I mean she either just didn’t care or I’m thinking she was really so incredibly nervous. And for the first time nerves got the better of her.
    I think she needs more time before she comes back.

  • Sarah

    Not too harsh. That was awkward and embarrassing. I could barely watch all the way through.
    I want to say “poor kid,” but she seems to be rejecting everyone who tries to help her, so….I just hope that she gets her act together!

  • Anonymous

    i wanted to turn it off it was so uncomfortable to watch..was she drugged?

  • Allie

    not to harsh at all, she almost ruined the show for me…

  • Tom Brazelton

    All I kept thinking about was her costume – and not in a good way. She’s looked as good as she has in years and granted most mothers of two don’t have that body. But it really didn’t hide anything and she just looked… swollen. There’s a reason Marilyn Monroe lives on in our mind as a great sex symbol. She went out at the height of her attractiveness. Now I barely remember what “hot” Britney looks like. Even if she wore a one-piece catsuit, it would have looked better. I looked at her and kept thinking, “She’s someone’s Mom.” and it really turned me off. It was shameless, really.

  • ian

    girl was so nervous. i feel bad for her and hope her night isn’t a tragic one.

  • Jeremy

    That was a train wreck, but funny enough it didn’t surprise me…. ok maybe a little surprised. But with her new tracks she may pull off the comeback

  • sharlin

    I think you were too nice!!! Britney performance was not only the personification of her career, but of MTV itself.

  • TERRY

    The whole show was a disaster. Dull, boring, incoherent and just BLAH. I mean I would have at least saved the Britney Trainwreck for the END of the show to keep viewers around. I lasted about one hour and checked out.

  • Stephen

    I feel bad for her. Something is definitely wrong b/c in the past she killed it. She is becoming the next Anna Nicole quickly

  • Alex

    She looked extremely nervous and self conscious….It was such a train wreck I actually felt bad for her

  • Corrie

    All I got to say Is Brintey is trying, and what a shame it is not her best performance. I blame MTV for this as the VMAS were way to glamourous and awful it was so out of place and just plain dumb.

  • Kelly

    Not harsh enough, I think. Seriously, was she ON something? She could barely stand up let alone dance around. I’m surely not a big Brit Brit fan but I actually felt sorry for the girl. She looked lost, embarrassed and entirely tired. Why try to come back if your not even going to make the effort? And I thought Chris Angel was there to add amazing disappearing acts to her performance. The only disappearing act I saw was her career. POOF! She should give up the quest for a return to her glory days. She is no longer the Britney of the past who could forgo actual singing and talent for sexiness and entertainment. Stick a fork in her…

  • RB

    I didn’t feel bad for her, but I was embarrassed for her. She clearly wasn’t prepared. This was a golden opportunity for her and she wasted it. I can’t believe that someone wouldn’t have pulled her aside to tell her (A) to do something about her hair (why can’t Paris lend Britney her extension stylist?) and (B) that she’s just not in bra-and-panties-in-public shape. I thought her makeup looked good; if she had just worn a longer top and showed some enthusiasm, I think people would be willing to cut her a ton of slack.

  • Chismosa

    That was embarrassing. But I can’t say I felt badly for her. Everyone’s been trying to help the poor girl out. At some point, she’s got to take responsibility for her suckage. She couldn’t even get her walking steps in sync with the music, let alone her dance steps. It was as if she’d never danced before in her life, or sang these songs before. Drugs? Brain damage? Nerves? Apathy? Or all of the above?

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