Like the Billboard charts themselves, the Billboard Music Awards has a history of celebrating a diverse cross-section of the music landscape. From the pitch-black rock of Metallica's "Unforgiven II" to the seductive pop of Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U" to the soulful R&B of Alicia Keys' "A Woman's Worth," the ceremony has collected music's biggest stars and let their hits shine in front of millions. Before the 2011 Billboard Music Awards brings artists like Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Taio Cruz to the stage, take a look back at 10 of the show's most memorable performances, and tell us which one you think was the all-time best.
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Britney Spears, 2001
"I'm A Slave 4 U"
"I'm a Slave 4 U" was already one of Britney Spears' most seductive singles, but the pop star took the "Britney" track to an eruptive level when she performed the single in front of the Bellagio's famous fountain. Sporting a sleek black outfit accentuated by a navel-baring top, Britney was in the zone as she and her dancers flawlessly performed the sexy choreography.
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