Britney Locks Lips with Madonna
Thought the python performance of "I'm A Slave 4 U" was Spears' most memorable VMAs moment? Think again. Just two years later, Madonna invited Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott onstage for a performance of her single "Hollywood" to open the 2003 ceremony. Madge locked lips with Aguilera first, but it was the shared kiss with Spears, front and center on the VMAs stage, that the world will always remember. The stunt preceded the release of Spears' fourth album, "In The Zone," which featured Madonna on the single "Me Against The Music."
Britney Issues a Classic Video for 'Toxic'
While some may consider the music videos for "...Baby One More Time," "Piece of Me," "Overprotected" and "Stronger" to be all-around winners, it's hard to find a stronger clip of Spears' pop dominance than the 2004 video for "Toxic," which was Spears' most expensive video to date with a budget of $1 million. The espionage romp was voted by Billboard.com readers as Spears' best music video ever last year, and with good reason: nothing before or since has quite captured her sexy, vibrant spirit.
'Blackout' Hints at Eventual Comeback
The 2007 release of fifth studio album "Blackout" came at a highly troubled time for Spears: from her rocky romance with Kevin Federline to her struggles as a new mother to the shaved head to the rehab stint, Spears' personal life was in dire straits as she set out on promoting her new album. Still, "Blackout" was a forward-thinking batch of slinky electro-pop jams, and critics hailed the efforts while expressing concern for its creator's well-being. In hindsight, "Blackout" was the precursor to Spears' full-fledged comeback, which was fully realized when her personal issues stabilized.