The higher you climb, the harder you fall , right? After blasting into relevance with her 1999 album, …Baby One More Time, Britney Spears seemed to keep going up, up, up. That debut album became the highest selling album from a teenager ever. The album also featured such hits as the title song, “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” and “Sometimes.” Not only would the songs be hits, but Britney’s videos for “…Baby One More Time” and “(You Drive Me) Crazy” would become some of the most iconic music videos of all time. This was all from her first album and she was just getting started.
Britney’s follow-up album, Oops!…I Did It Again, was another smash success. Her VMA performances, in which she kissed Madonna, stripped off a pantsuit, and had a snake on her shoulders, were front page news. She starred in Crossroads, which grossed $61 million on a measly $12 million budget. She signed a promotional deal with Pepsi for a reported $8 million. She dated Justin Timberlake, a relationship that became one of the most beloved in pop music history. There was no touching Britney. If there was a single person women wanted to be and men wanted to be with, it was her.
Then a few things happened: a Las Vegas marriage that lasted 55 hours, a cancelled tour, a guy named Kevin Federline, a pair of electric clippers, an unfortunate shot of Britney and her trusty umbrella, and an even more unfortunate 2007 VMA performance. The queen had fallen, and she fell hard.
In the passing years, many have speculated if Britney would be able to make a comeback. Well, it’s been 10 years since Britney’s meltdown and it looks like she’s finally done it. It may have taken a decade, but Britney is just as sharp as she was in her schoolgirl costume all those years ago. Below are 16 photos that prove 2007 is a thing of the past. Britney’s back, bitch.
16. A Promotional Still For Britney: Piece Of Me
Britney looks like she hasn’t missed a beat in this photo. She’s beautiful, she’s fit, and she’s the Britney we all knew and loved. This photo was taken as a promotional shot for Britney’s Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me.
Her show premiered on December 27, 2013 and it’s a bit confusing as to why someone didn’t think of putting Britney in Vegas earlier. It’s the perfect atmosphere for her songs and her type of performance. The show was certainly a turning point in Britney’s career.
While Britney’s time on The X-Factor in 2012 also made fans hopeful that she could return to her original glory, the Vegas show is what cemented her return. Despite her fall from grace, Britney was able to command a $15 million contract for her time on The X-Factor, making her the highest paid judge on a singing competition show.
15. Yes, Britney Rides A Giant Guitar In Vegas
What’s with all the buzz around Britney: Piece of Me? Well, it’s a return to Britney’s old form. Of course, she lip-syncs throughout the show, but she’s been doing that since 1999. With all of Britney’s dancing, you can’t expect her to be able to belt out tunes like Celine Dion. We love us some Celine, but does she gyrate her body like Britney? Nope.
If you’re wondering just how much dancing Britney does in Vegas, it’s a lot. She even gets on top of a huge guitar and rides it. Yes, Britney basically has sex with a huge guitar during her show, and it’s absolutely amazing. It’s not all that shocking that Britney simulates sex with a giant guitar during her show. That is something that is totally up Britney’s alley. In fact, if you asked a stranger on the street what they may think Britney does at her Vegas show, they’d be like, “Oh, I don’t know, she probably grinds on top of a giant guitar at one point.”
14. In Case You Didn’t Know Britney Is In Shape
People had a lot to say about Britney’s 2007 VMA performance. Her lack of enthusiasm for the dance routine was critiqued, with many people noting that she looked as if she was just going through the motions. Her hair extensions were, well, not great. Her lip-syncing was off, which is a problem pop stars are clearly still having – shout out to Mariah!
What people mostly noted about this performance was the fact that Britney’s body was not in the form it usually is. People were used to seeing Britney with rock hard abs. Only six years before, during her 2001 VMA performance, Britney was made of stone cold muscle. During her 2007 performance, however, Britney’s body jiggled much more than audiences were used to seeing. Heaven forbid Britney’s body be anything but perfect. She’s not allowed to be human like the rest of us.
For all the people who critiqued Britney’s 2007 VMA bod, check out this photo. Britney is 35 years old, with two children, and looks better than ever. Also, if you were ever looking for a reason to practice yoga, this picture is it.
13. 2013’s Work Bitch Video Marked The Comeback
Britney’s comeback didn’t happen overnight. She didn’t wake up one fateful day in 2016 and think, “I’ll make my comeback now.” Nope, girlfriend has been climbing her way back to the top for a while now. Case in point: 2013’s “Work Bitch” music video.
In this video, Britney leads a group of dancers in the desert. They’re all in strappy black costumes and rocking classic Britney moves. The video also features Britney singing on a platform in a pool, with sharks swimming all around her – so Britney, right? She also whips all of her dancers, who were supposed to be her students… we think? We’re honestly not that sure what’s going on in this music video, but it’s hot.
12. Slaying The 2015 VMA Red Carpet
Throughout the course of Britney’s career, the VMA stage has been a place of highs and lows. Early in her career, the VMAs were like Britney’s playground. She showed up, looked hot, performed hard, and proved she was a star. She made it look effortless and fun. Then, 2007 happened. With such a hard year, her VMA performance was a low, especially with what highs she had achieved earlier in her career on the same stage.
At the 2015 VMAs, there was no performance on the books for Britney, but she did present the Best Male Video category. Britney brought her A-game to present, wearing a megawatt smile and sparkly dress that left very little to the imagination. If someone was still questioning whether Britney’s body was in shape at this point, this dress answered that question. Also, bonus point to Britney for making sure that her dress showed off her belly ring.
11. Absolute Slayage On VMA Red Carpet Again
If you want to see what it looks like to slay the red carpet, check out the above photo. Britney looks hot and she totally knows it. Wearing a one-sleeved black dress with a cutout and rather high slit, Britney looked like sex on a stick. It was nice to finally see her command a red carpet with the same confidence she used to have.
The 2016 awards show was nearly a decade since Britney’s ill-fated performance. She was set to take the stage with G-Eazy and perform their hit single “Make Me.” This was the moment. If the performance was good, it would solidify the fact that Britney was back, baby! If it was bad, the performance would just be sad. No one wanted to see Britney have another meltdown performance. We were all rooting for her, even if she had to follow Beyonce of all people. If there is absolutely any artist in the world that you don’t want to follow, it’s Beyonce. How did the performance go? Well…
10. Her Comeback VMA Performance
Britney’s 2016 VMA performance was by no means her best VMA performance. It would be quite hard (um, impossible) to top 2001’s “I’m A Slave 4 U.” That was a career high. This 2016 performance was also not as high as her 2000 rendition of “Oops!…I Did It Again,” in which she stripped from a pantsuit into a sparkly, nude costume. Jaws were on the floor during those aforementioned performances. Britney’s performance at the 2016 show didn’t necessarily drop jaws, but it was a solid performance. That was all Britney needed.
In 2016, Britney didn’t need to change the game. She just needed to prove that she could be relied on to entertain the masses. Did she entertain? We’ll just say this, Britney followed Beyonce and was still able to grab our attention. Hats off for that. Also, check out that yellow costume. She was hot and even G-Eazy knew it. He leaned in for a kiss on the stage and Britney awkwardly turned her head to deny him. G-Eazy, Britney only kisses Madonna at the VMAs!
9. The Make Me Single Cover Is Everything
In looking at Britney circa “I’m A Slave 4 U,” it’s hard to believe that a human being’s body was that perfect. She is tight, lean, and still feminine looking. In fact, they should just have posters of her from that time at gyms everywhere. People would work out 100% harder.
On the cover for single “Make Me,” Britney once again looks like the toned goddess she was. You can even see her pelvis bones. That’s how in shape Britney is. Oh, and this is a body that is 35 years old and has given birth to two children. Those facts considered, her toned body is more impressive now that it was in 2001.
Britney is so toned that the stylist for this shoot was like, “Britney looks good so it doesn’t matter what we put her in” and just draped a bunch of fabric on Britney’s bod and went about her day. Thumbs up on the boots though, stylist.
8. Can We Talk About This Photoshoot Again?
This photo is another promotional shot for Britney: Piece of Me. She looks ah-mazing. In the 217 shows she has performed, not only has she looked great and rode a guitar, but she’s also pleased the crowd with her selective set list. The show carefully curates a mixture of vintage Britney songs with newer Britney songs, including old hits like “Toxic” and “Oops!…I Did It Again,” and newer hits like “Slumber Party,” and “Pretty Girls.”
Now onto what Britney gets paid for her Las Vegas show. At first, Britney made a measly $310,000 per show, which netted her nearly $15 million a year. However, when she extended her residency, she was upped to $475,000 per show. That means Britney is making nearly half a million every time she performs in Vegas. She gets paid half a million to come to work every day, you guys! Brit Brit has come a long way since her $8 million deal with Pepsi. She can command a good chunk of change these days.
7. Looking Unbelievable In A Candid At The Beach
When the paparazzi catch a celebrity on vacation, it’s almost never a kind photo. The pictures will point out stretch marks, cellulite, and muffin tops. They’ve taken down celebrities with beautiful bodies, like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Selena Gomez. While it shouldn’t be news that these people’s bodies have flaws, these imperfect photos still float around the Internet incessantly for a few days.
In Britney’s case, the paparazzi caught her looking like an absolute beach babe. Though, with a body like hers, the paparazzi would have a difficult time finding an unflattering photo. On vacation, Britney sports a bright coral bikini that compliments her tanned skin and golden locks. Her body looks toned and she seems like she’s having a good time. It’s basically the perfect beach photo.
The best part is Britney’s not even trying to look good. She’s not posing or airbrushed. She’s just walking the beach, looking like a goddess. Good for you, Britney. The rest of us will just deal with the fact that we don’t effortlessly look like that.
6. Britney’s High Fashion Turn
Britney Spears has been a lot of things, but a fashion icon is not one of them. It’s really not Britney’s fault. She came into prominence during the early 2000s, which was a weird time in fashion. During that time, obnoxiously pointy shoes, dangerously low cut jeans, and corsets were in style. It was not a particularly fashionable time in the world and, unfortunately, Britney was the poster girl for that era in fashion. She rocked those fashion trends and she rocked them hard. Because of this, when one thinks of Britney, they think of furry jackets and bejeweled tops. They don’t think New York Fashion Week.
The fact that Britney isn’t necessarily considered a fashion icon also comes from the fact that she hasn’t posed in many high fashion editorial spreads. When Britney posed for a magazine, it’s usually about sex and sex alone. They don’t dress her up to look fashionable, but rather sexy. Her 2016 spread in V Magazine changed this. While Britney still looks sexy (because it’s Britney), she also looks more high fashion than we’ve seen her before. Being that high profile pop stars like Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are now staples at NYFW, Britney’s more fashionable turn is a step in the right direction.
5. Her 2016 Marie Claire Photoshoot
Britney’s allure always came from the fact that she was sexy beyond belief, but also adorable. She had that girl next door appeal, even if she was one of the sexiest women in the world. This duality mostly stems from Britney’s goofy personality. She may have been the biggest star in the world, but she always had an approachable southern charm to her. If anything captures this sexuality and sweetness, it’s this photo from the September 2016 issue of Marie Claire UK.
In the magazine interview, Britney opened up about dating. She told a story about a horrible first date she went on, saying that she liked the guy but the feeling wasn’t mutual. Who in the world wouldn’t be into Britney is beyond us. Ability to secure a second date aside, Britney’s comeback is real and her being on the cover of a magazine is further proof. By the way, the cover of the magazine declared, “Britney’s back!” So, yeah.
4. This Is 100% Vintage Britney
First things first, let’s talk about the look. Britney is on point. She is rocking an aqua sequin dress with several mesh cutouts. It’s similar to the look Britney wore to the 2015 VMAs. With how good she looked at both events, it’s safe to say that Britney has found a look that really works for her body type. Next, we have to point out the fact that she’s sticking out her tongue. How would anyone in the world not love someone so sexy and so silly?
This photo was taken at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, where Britney was awarded the special Millennium Award. The award is given to artists who have achieved great success in the music industry, y’know, like past recipients Beyonce and Whitney Houston.
At the awards show, Britney performed a medley of her hits, including “Touch Of My Hand,” “Toxic,” and “Breathe On Me.” The performance was a hit. So much so that when Ciara took to the stage later that night, the first thing she said was, “How amazing was Britney Spears?” Yas, Queen Brit!
3. Have You Seen The Slumber Party Video?
If you haven’t seen the music video for “Slumber Party” yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s one of Britney’s hottest.
In the video, Brit Brit arrives to a party and it all feels very much like a video of hers from 2001, 2007, or 2011. What we’re saying is that Britney going to a party is the basic plot of many of her videos throughout the years. This one does take it one step further, though. Britney dances and rubs on Tinashe in a rather seductive way. If you watch the video waiting for a Madonna-style kiss, you’ll be disappointed. However, they pretty much do everything but make out.
The crowning moment of this music video is when Britney crawls across a table on all fours. Some guy – we don’t know who and we don’t care – spilled his milk and Britney licks it up. The video is weird and perfect. It’s what you would expect from Britney.
2. The Make Me Music Video Is Fire
We’ve already discussed the glory of the “Make Me” VMA performance and the single cover, but now our attention is on the music video. The music video, as a whole, really works. Britney’s most successful videos have always been both sexy and fun – think “Toxic” and “…Baby One More Time.” “Make Me” is no exception to the sexy and fun rule.
In the video, Britney does a meta spin. The music video is actually guys auditioning to be in the music video. Yeah, it’s like if Christopher Nolan directed a Britney Spears video. The scenes of the men auditioning are intercut with Britney dancing in a hallway. This hallway is backlit in order to show off her amazing curves. We’re not sure what’s hotter, her moves or her body. Either way, it’s fire.
1. Britney Is Back, B*tch
Britney Spears is back and there is no absolutely doubt about it.
Britney has had a residency in Las Vegas for three years, in which time she has performed a physically challenging routine on a weekly basis. The show is so popular that it brought in an additional $20 million in revenue to Planet Hollywood, revitalizing the casino both financially and in popularity among guests. Her show is so successful that Caesars Entertainment announced that November 5th would officially become a holiday to them known as Britney Day. By the way, that day should be celebrated nationally.
In recent years, Britney has rocked red carpets and stages alike. She has released new music and music videos to critical acclaim. She has graced multiple magazine covers. Her body looks better than ever. Her hair has completely grown back. Britney Spears has officially made her comeback. Britney got through 2007 and now, ten years later, she’s on top of the world again.
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