All I needed was Britney Spears + G-Eazy to ~ get me through the night ~

Posted by MTV on Sunday, August 28, 2016

Britney Spears Returns to the VMAs: Grade Her Performance of 'Make Me'

After a seven-year hiatus from the MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears on Sunday made a Glory-ous return to the stage.

As any VMA historian would tell you, Spears’ performances are the stuff of legends, from her snake-charming rendition of “I’m A Slave 4 U” in 2001 to her big kiss with Madonna in 2003. That said, her last appearance at the VMAs — a low-energy performance of “Gimme More” in 2007 — isn’t held in such high esteem.

So the pressure was on for Spears to reclaim her title as Queen of the VMAs… and reclaim it she did:

Dressed in a sparkly gold number, direct from her Las Vegas show, Spears battled giant shadow puppets to the tune of her latest hit “Make Me.” She was joined halfway through the performance by collaborator G-Eazy, whose other current hit — “Me, Myself and I,” featuring Bebe Rexha — got a surprise cover from Spears.

Grade Spears’ performance below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. Dani says:

    No one lip syncs like Brit Brit.

  2. Jesse says:

    Wow! I loved it! She looked great! The songs were great…no complaints here

  3. Guy says:

    She was fine and looked great but I wish she would’ve done a bit of one of her new songs as opposed to covering Bebe Rexha. I mean, she just released her new album 2 days ago.

  4. bad58runner says:

    She was OK, which is great for her I guess. She just grinded on the floor for 4 minutes and her choreography wasn’t spectacular or anything. The cover of Me Myself and I was fun though.

  5. Jay says:

    Britney is queen !!!!!👑👑👑

  6. Well, I can say is Thank goodness her outfit was appropriate. She really had a great evening tonight. I hope she. Has grown up, and just maybe., we won’t have to see any more crazy $#!+, in the future. She did very very well tonight,
    Koodoos to HER !!!!

  7. smviray says:

    I love how fierce she was with this, and how more emphasis was placed on G-Eazy at one point. Reminds me how humble she is. Her outfit was just right! So beautiful! I think the moves were SO MUCH BETTER than 9 years ago, which is great! Loved every second of it :)

  8. Shirley says:

    Britney was awesome, still the super star she always was and still is, bless her!!

  9. TTSTAR says:

    I was not blown away by her performance but MTV should have NEVER let her go after Beyonce!!

    • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

      Exactly! Beyonce’s performance was AWESOME and when they said Britney was next I was like oh oh she ain’t going to TOP that! Besides I only watched it just to see G-easy and Rihanna

  10. Valerie says:

    She’s still sexy and remains as good as she was in her younger years!

  11. Ruby says:

    I had such high hopes 😞 But was so disappointed
    She looked like the only performer who lipped synced. She didn’t e in “dance”, I was hoping she do something from her Las Vegas show.

    • Rachel says:

      The only performer who lip synced? Did you not see the opening performance? Rihanna couldn’t even be bothered to bring the microphone up to her face 80% of the time.

      • Brooksie says:

        Thank you! I absolutely agree if you have to lip sync so you can dance at least make it look believable. Rihanna opening act was terrible and annoying. All of them became famous because they can sing, so sing!!!!

  12. Kandi91 says:

    It was awesome but her album sucks and a comeback she has been having a comeback! Her other albums are waay better than this one!

  13. Casual-Poster says:

    Of course her new fans are all over this performance. But for people who were around back in the early 00s, this was avarage. Not even close to being iconic as the Slave performance back in 01 nor as mind blowing as the Oops one from 00. However, it was better than the …Baby One More Time feat. Nsync from 99 and far more superior than the Give Me More fiasco.

    I graded it a C. Not her best, she can do better and with determination and more confidence when dancing; she can impress both the new generation of fans and the original ones.

    • KATZIE says:

      Yes. This. 110%. I’ve been a Queen Britney fan since 1999. I had to stop watching her performance halfway through. I’ll give her album a shot, but Britney of years past is gone and this song/performance holds no candle to her previous work. When she came out and got down on the floor to grind on it, I cringed. It’s obvious she’s desperately trying to hold on to young, sexpot Britney, which she still is! She looks amazing… But at 36? Two kids? Maybe it would be better to see her with classier choreography, not grabbing a mans dick on stage, gyrating the air. Come on Britney, you’re better than this!!

  14. Elissa says:

    Funny that Brit gets dragged for lipping, while Beyonce lipped for 15 minutes and no one said a word. Bey’s whole thing was pre-recorded vocals. Britney was great.

    • Tiara says:

      No beyonce sang live! Just like she did this summer when she came to pgh pa! a 2 hour live show with full on dance moves!!!! So because Britney’s performance wasn’t that great please don’t try to slander what beyonce does.

  15. Ken says:

    why was she holding a mic and moving her lips???

  16. Martha says:

    She did not do good she still sounds the same all her music sounds the same you are so fake

  17. The people that said that she was good, they have to watch the video again. She was a disaster!! she can’t sing, she can’t dance! she was more worry for her hair than her performance.

  18. jimmy says:

    It could’ve used that extra wow factor, but I am just so happy to see Brit healthy and performing again with life behind her eyes.

  19. Tin baytos says:

    Britney is so back! So happy she made it. God used his working hands on Brit. Love yah Brit!fan since 1st grade.😘😘😘

  20. james says:

    When you hear the name Britney Spears, that’s what you expect. Lip-syncing! Every VMA’s she’s performed at has been a lip-synced performance. What i don’t understand is why she had to pre-record the part from me myself and i? I feel like that really been could’ve been a redeeming moment for her during this. I’m not saying this was a bad performance because its wasn’t. Was her best? Not at all. Did she look like she was having fun? Yes! She finally has that spark back that she lost during her breakdown. She’ll never be the 2001 snake charming Britney again. But besides that, she new album is actually her best work in my opinion.

  21. ADNAN TUNÇ says:

    I loved the performonce, she’s very cute.. Make Me is a slow song, it’s the first time she made a Vma performance with a slow song, but still it was so enjoyable and energic.. GLORY is a great album, probably her best since Blackout.. Everybody should listen to this album.. Britney definetely has the star power..

  22. ADNAN TUNÇ says:

    Britney’s performance was great, although the song is slow, it was so energic.. Well done Brit!

  23. Dennis says:

    She was amazing!! Love her energy and amazing performance!

  24. How is anyone a fan of Britney Spears? What are you a fan of?

    She has no vocal ability and she doesn’t write her songs. Again, what are you a fan of? Someone standing on stage lipsyncing other people’s songs? Isn’t that what the audience is supposed to be doing?

  25. Kelly says:

    I used to adore Britt when I was a kid but hey she’s become more of a softporn performer than a singer.

  26. Peter says:

    ive been a huge britney fan since she first came out but good god that was a mess , no dancing sloppy miming she missed several words and it sounded like she was miming to the album version of the song , could she not at least record a ”live” version to mime 2 ? just embarrassing

  27. Ricky Lee Jones says:

    She wasn’t a bad warm up for Beyonce. Good to see Britney looking healthy at least but her good performing years are behind her.

  28. Ginger says:

    She shlukd just give up and live a nuce quiet life. She dances hortibly and her lip syncing is horribly fake

  29. Ginger says:

    She should just give up and live a nice quiet life. She dances horribly and her lip syncing is horribly fake

  30. Esther says:

    I liked Britney’s outfit (her butt looked great) and her dancing was fine, it was G-Eazy that made me not love the performance. To me took away from Britney and added a creepy vibe.

  31. Boondock Fuggamuffin says:

    Terrible lackluster performance, just another dime a dozen auto tuned pop stars backed by a hip hop artist. Is it me or was she lip syncing too? Typical Britney Spears. Do us a favor and fade back into obscurity.

  32. Charli says:

    I don’t know if it was the timing of the video but she seemed to be a half second behind the beat and words. Was she saying something to him when he had his hand behind her neck? It wasn’t 2007 level bad but it wasn’t I’m a Slave For You good either.

  33. liame says:

    Dang that was the worst mistake the VMA’s made. She looked so uncomfortable and lost. What a mess. Her dancing skills are so unnatural and the lip sync was laughable, she didn’t even try. Girl Bye!

  34. Caris says:

    I saw Britney in concert when she was young, and she is still a good performer comparatively with her years. I think is great she has bounced back from adversity, and reclaimed her life to continue to be a success. I wish her luck and all the best!

  35. Jamie says:

    LOL a massive fail after queen Beyonce but hey good effort!

  36. Joe Kroger says:

    That song is a stinker, and that guy was distracting. But Brit is still a babe.

  37. Wian says:

    I think Britney did great and she is still the queen of the VMA’s stage!! She is sexy and always will be!! I would give the performance a 10/10? No lipsining was involved and people should respect that? Beyonce was bad and Rihanna was terible?!

  38. Gretch says:

    Spears is done or is that really hulk Hoagans daughter disguised as Brittany.. I think her coming out after Beyoncé was in poor taste she’s not in that league anymore.. Go back to vagas

  39. Talia says:

    Why does she bother wearing a mic?

  40. haily says:

    Britney did great. I don’t agree with all the hype over beyonce. I actually couldn’t wait for her way too long performance to end. I found britney to be a breath of fresh air in contrast to the entire shows loud obnoxiousNess. After britney was done her magic I stopped watching.

  41. Drew says:

    When Britney spears started singing G easy’s me myself and I she was actually singing and it was damn good she should sing more often sounded really good

  42. LOLOL. I literally just saw Britney Spears recycle moves from at least 3 different Janet Jackson performances, LOL>. Its not surprising she is a huge Janet fan. And as far as her age is concerned when Janet was 35 years old she was still slaying stages all around the world in her All For You tour.

    I give this a performance a C+ I dont think she was 100 ready for this one.

  43. Gabbie says:

    Epic fail and boring as hell! That was a tired routine that I wouldn’t want to watch for free. Get some new material and get out of the year 2001! Brittany lost it years ago. Lol! Take some notes from BEYONCE please or stay off the stage!

  44. Jacks says:

    Ironically, her lip synching sounds better than her nasally singing voice complimented with Auto Tune. She simply can not sing hence she doesn’t “sing” live. She really should work on her lip synching as she should be better than what she did at the VMA….with all the previous practice she has had from concert tours!

  45. mari says:

    It was horrible! Danced like a stripper said 3 words, and lip syncs. Looks fit and always has but ………lip syncs…..

  46. Roderick White says:

    OK for janet!!!!! Lmao steeling janet move from “if” grabbing that dude meat from the back. Stilling not able to create ur own moves.

  47. She was eeer! Not bad,…..but you most definitely CANNOT compare her to killer performances from Rihanna and especially Beyonce’s Lemonade perfomance! Beyonce killed it whilst Brit was just having fun moving around stage like a newbie! Nice vocals though!