10 Iconic Moments To Remember As We Wait For Britney Spears In Manila
When word got out that Britney Spears in Manila is happening on June 15, it was enough to send most of us into a fine frenzy. Functional, self-respecting adults transformed into giddy, hysteric teenagers. Bank accounts were significantly depleted for tickets. Leaves were filed and meetings were rescheduled around her arrival. Our lives were forever changed — and she hasn’t even performed yet.
Only an icon can have such an effect, and there is no pop diva more iconic than our beloved Brit (no offense, Xtina loyalists). As we await her blessed arrival, let’s look back at the most iconic moments of the legendary Britney Spears.
…Baby One More Time
In 1998, a baby-faced Britney released her first single, …Baby One More Time. In no time at all, her unique voice and bubblegum pop lyrics won over legions of fans and topped the billboard charts. The track’s music video was just as iconic. Schoolgirl Britney looking bored in class and dancing in the hallways became the first of many significant Britney characters the world would come to know. While the video was obviously made to be provocative, our then-innocent eyes only saw one thing: a girl who would eventually become the legend at whose altar we would come to worship decades down the line. With Britney Spears in Manila, we may just get to hear this classic live!
When She Wore Denim Like Silk With Justin Timberlake
In the early days of the new millennium, the world was blessed with the denim-encased red carpet appearance of one Britney Jean Spears and one Justin Timberlake. The ultimate OTP of the early 2000s was known for their matching outfits. But of all their couple ensembles, this one gets the gold. A patchwork denim full-length dress WITH A DENIM TRAIN for her. A denim suit topped with a denim cowboy hat for him. Does it get any better than that, really? If you’re already booked for Britney Spears in Manila, maybe you can turn up in a similar outfit as tribute….
In the annals of pop culture and music history, few moments are as powerful as Britney singing Slave 4 U at the 2001 VMAs with a python draped across her shoulders. There’s really nothing more to say, except that ONLY BRITNEY could pull off a stunt like that. Needless to say, Britney and Banana (the python) have now been immortalized in GIFs, memes, stickers, parodies, and our collective memory.
Her Pepsi Commercial With Pink And Beyonce
You can’t get more bad-ass than Britney Spears, Pink, and Beyonce dressed as gladiators and singing Queen’s We Will Rock You. The costumes, the ruthless snarls on their faces, and a bemused Enrique Iglesias make this ad unforgettable. Starring in it cemented Britney’s status as one of the most epic female artists of our time.
Her Liplock With Madonna
The 2003 VMAs saw Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera opening the show alongside Madonna. When Madonna and Britney shared a quick but passionate kiss, the world was #shookt before #shookt was even a thing. Queen Madge did kiss Christina too after that. But it was the Britney smooch that made it to the history books — and the GIFs.
These days, a girl-on-girl kiss wouldn’t be quite as shocking (hey, it’s 2017!), but we are hoping to be just as positively #shookt when Britney Spears in Manila finally happens.
The Buzzcut That Will Echo Through Eternity
Even Britney’s slow descent into madness is the stuff of legend. In the book of celebrity meltdowns, probably nothing can top Britney suddenly shaving her own head at a random salon. The hair she chopped off was even auctioned by the salon owners on eBay for $1 million. You know you’re an icon when even after you hit rock bottom, people will literally pay a million bucks for a piece of you.
That Hot Mess At The 2007 VMAs
2007 was Britney’s 2016. She was in and out of rehab, shaved her head, got divorced, and fought for custody of her two soons. All the while the world looked on. Her VMA performance that year was expected to be her comeback. Unfortunately, her performance of Gimme More fell short of the Britney Spears show the world was expecting. The media expectedly gave it a beating. The aftermath of her performance even spawned a now-infamous viral video where YouTuber Chris Crocker emotionally pleads with the media to “Leave Britney alone“!
Guest Starring On How I Met Your Mother
As Britney reeled from her meltdown, she had a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother, which was then everyone’s favorite sitcom. Her turn as Abby, the receptionist who develops a stalker-ish crush on Ted Mosby, earned the series its highest ratings ever.
Two years later, the small screen benefitted from the Britney magic once again. This time, it was Glee that saw its ratings shoot up after doing a Britney Spears tribute episode. Evidently, it takes more than a high-profile break down to stop Britney.
If there is one song we can point to as Britney’s comeback, this one would be it. The song’s grown-up sound and bad-ass sentiments seemed to signal the arrival of Britney 2.0. The song shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in October 2008, making it Britney’s first no.1 since …Baby One More Time. We might just play this song on loop until we finally get to catch Britney Spears in Manila.
Her Inspiring 2016 VMAs performance
The VMAs is definitely the stage for Britney’s most iconic moments, and her number at last year’s VMAs was one. Donning a glittery yellow bodysuit, Britney sang Make Me and Me, Myself & I with the same energy and power she had at her prime. The performance itself was not as spectacular as her python-wielding moment, as earthshaking as her Madonna kiss, or as controversial as her deflated Gimme More routine. Not to mention, she had to follow Beyonce and that’s no mean feat. But seeing that unmistakable Britney magic again was enough to make her legions of dedicated fans swell with love and adoration. It was the performance through which Britney told the world that she is definitely back, and here to stay.
We still have a few months to go before Britney Spears in Manila actually happens. Until then, we’ve got her discography on loop and our Britney-inspired looks in production. We want to be prepared, after all. Because who knows? Her next iconic moment yet might just happen then.