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Britney Spears to skip performance on MTV’s VMAs
It appears the emotional scars from Britney Spears’ much maligned performance on MTV’s Video Music Awards last year haven’t healed quite yet. After weeks of ”will she or won’t she” speculation about whether Spears will perform again this year, her manager told Ryan Seacrest on Monday that she will not.
“Britney Spears will not be performing at the VMAs this year. I’m telling you officially and unequivocally,” said manager Larry Rudolf on Seacrest’s KISS-FM morning radio show in Los Angeles.
Who could forget Britney, who used to steal the show with her song and dance performances, clumsily teetering around the stage last year with a bad hair weave and ill-fitting lingerie outfit? It was so bad, it was good.
When Spears recently appeared in a series of tongue-in-cheek VMA promo commercials – complete with a 9,000-pound live elephant in the room-alongside this year’s host, British comedian Russell Brand – rumors swirled that she would seek redemption by performing again at the upcoming show on Sept. 7.
And while Rudolf’s words to radio and TV personality Seacrest seem to be firm, given Spears’ rollercoaster of a life this past year, anything could still happen. Rudolf could not be reached for comment or confirmation but Gina Orr, a spokeswoman for Spears’ label Jive Records would neither confirm or deny that Britney will be absent from the VMA’s stage.
Orr emailed us a statement saying only, “Contrary to media reports, Britney was never slated to perform on this year’s VMAs. She’s in the middle of recording her next album, which is going amazingly well, and her focus remains on the studio.”
But it doesn’t say she won’t perform and when pressed for a firm answer, Orr said the statement was all there was to be said. So, in the words of TV pitch people everywhere, “stay tuned.”
And would it be so bad to see Britney perform, anyway? A stellar act might redeem Britney’s image once and for all. If not, the memories of her dazed routine might be the publicity bomb that haunts her forever.
(Reporting by Jennifer Martinez)