Spears followed in the footsteps of singers before her, become one of the major female pop stars to sign a $7 million endorsement deal with the soda company. Unlike Madonna, her deal was met with little controversy. In fact, one of her Super Bowl commercials brought together Beyonce, P!nk and Enrique Iglesias. How’s that for some star power?
Depending on who you ask, Spears is regarded as something of a queen. But she actually holds the title, when it comes to TRL. Before the show went off the air in 2008, it honored her with the titles, “Queen of TRL” and “Queen of Music Videos,” while also naming “…Baby One More Time” the Most Iconic Video of the Past TRL Decade. Aside from N’SYNC and Backstreet Boys, no other artist has been more synonymous with the show.
R: Rolling Stone
Even though she has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone a number of times, most people only remember one. Spears’ first appearance on RS in April of 1999 was met with a lot of controversy when she was photographed by David LaChapelle in her pajamas with her bra exposed, cuddling a purple Teletubby. The American Family Association led a boycott against the singer, saying it was “a disturbing mix of childhood innocence and adult sexuality.”
S: Saturday Night Live
In 2000, Spears became the latest artist to host and perform on SNL. Her appearance was met with rave reviews as she took on rumors about breast implants in the monologue, played on her Mickey Mouse Club past and tore the house down with two live performances. The absolute best skit was her appearance on Morning Latte with Cheri Oteri and Will Ferrell. She later returned to the show in 2002 and delivered the hilarious Barbie Dreamhouse sketch with Amy Poehler.
T: Timberlake, Justin
Of all the men in Spears’ life, Justin Timberlake was the most notable. The two had a very public three year relationship that saw them wearing matching outfits to practically every award show and uniting the powers of pop for a short time. But their love affair came to an end after the singer reportedly cheated on her man with dance choreographer, Wade Robson. Sadly, Spears followed Robson with a string of bad boys, including Kevin Federline and paparazzo Adnan Ghalib.