VMAs 2016: Britney Spears' 'Make Me' Performance Was A Triumphant Return To Video Music Awards

She wanted to make you move, like it's not a choice for you, like you got a job to do

Nearly a decade after her last performance, Britney Spears returned to the VMAs stage on Sunday night (28 August), for a return-to-form rendition of her latest single, ‘Make Me’.

We’ll start with the good, shall we?

Britney brought a whole lot of energy to her performance, with lots of impressive choreography that saw her writhing on the floor, interacting with giant shadows on the wall and - of course - a whole lot of whipping her hair all over the place.

<strong>Britney at the VMAs</strong>
Britney at the VMAs
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Admittedly, we could have done without quite so much focus on guest rapper G-Eazy, with the performance changing focus to his track ‘Me, Myself And I’ after Britney had only sung one verse of ‘Make Me’.

The two got verrrrrry close at several points, with Britney even crawling through his legs and moving her hands down his body as he rapped his lines.

And yes, it seems a bit redundant to expect this of Britney after almost 20 years on the music scene… but it would have been nice to have heard just a hint of a live vocal, too.

<strong>Britney and G-Eazy</strong>
Britney and G-Eazy
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Still, she did a good job, and most importantly, it was great to see Britney really looking like she was enjoying herself on stage at the VMAs again.

Britney’s last VMAs performance was back in 2007, where she delivered her infamous version of ‘Gimme More’, which was panned by critics and raised concerns for her well-being among fans.

A year later, she made a triumphant return to the VMAs and picked up the award for Video Of The Year for ‘Piece Of Me’, although it took her nine years before she performed again.

Even in 2011 when she bagged the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award she didn’t perform, instead appearing on stage after a child dance troupe paid tribute to some of her biggest hits.

Other performers on the night included Rihanna, who appeared several times over the night to sing some of the hottest tracks in her back catalogue, and Beyoncé, who completely wiped the floor with everyone, frankly.

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