K: Karlsson, Christian
The only song to earn Spears a Grammy Award was the 2004 hit, “Toxic,” written by Christian Karlsson aka Bloodshy aka Miike Snow. The producer has since gone on to write a number of songs for Spears, including “Pieces of Me” and “Radar.” However, “Toxic” remains both of their best song to date.
L: Lip Syncing
If there’s one rumor that has plagued Spears’ career the most, it has been accusations of lip syncing. Even though the singer has refuted claims that she doesn’t sing live at concerts, it’s been widely reported that she relied on backing tracks during The Circus tour and during the 2007 VMA performance it was evident she was not singing live or even pretending to do so. Luckily for Spears, she’s never had a Ashlee Simpson moment. So there’s that.
M: MTV Video Music Awards
While several artists have become staples at the MTV VMAs, none more memorable than Britney Spears (at least in the TRL era). The singer made her official debut at the 1999 awards in a medley with N’SYNC. She followed up that performance with a striptease to “Oops!… I Did It Again” in 2000. The following year, she wrapped herself with an albino python while singing “I’m a Slave 4 U.” She joined forces with Christina Aguilera and Madonna for a three-way kiss in 2003, which turned 10 this year. Of course, her most infamous performance was in 2007 when she solemnly stared her way through “Gimme More” causing everyone in the audience to plea, “gimme less.” In addition to all the performances, the singer has racked up 6 Moonmen including the Video Vanguard Award.
Watch Britney react to fans comments about her 2000 performance, when she stripped down to a nude outfit:
If there’s one place that has become a significant location in Spears’ career, it’s Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s where much of her troubles began. In January of 2004, she married childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander at The Little White Wedding Chapel. The marriage was annulled 55 hours later. Several years later, Spears made headlines again following a wildly confusing and downright awful MTV VMA performance of “Gimme More” in 2007. Since then, she has been determined to make Vegas less of a dark spot in her life. In December, she’s launching “Britney: Piece of Me,” a residency that will mix new and old music in a theater-like setting.