Watch Britney Spears Make a Triumphant Comeback at the 2016 VMAs

Aug 28, 2016

In 2001, Britney Spears performed at the VMAs with a Burmese python draped around her shoulders. In 2003, she shared an unexpected smooch with Madonna. And after tonight, 2016 will go down as the year she gloriously returned. After a decade away from the VMAs stage, Britney came back to perform "Make Me...," the lead single off her new album Glory, which dropped just days ago.

The song, which features a verse from rapper G-Eazy, is a sultry anthem of sexual empowerment —or at least, of commanding one sexy dude to make sure sexy things come to fruition for her in the bedroom. The performance, which also included a brief segue into G-Eazy's 2015 hit "Me, Myself and I," saw Spears in a neon yellow sequined leotard and over-the-knee kinky boots, writhing on the floor "Slave 4 U"-style and flipping her hair like she was under direct orders from Willow Smith.

It may never be 1998 again, but it was enough to make Brit stans go "ooh."

Beyoncé attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 28, 2016 in New York City.
Beyoncé attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 28, 2016 in New York City.Larry Busacca—Getty Images
Beyoncé attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 28, 2016 in New York City.
2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 28, 2016 in New York City.
2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
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Beyoncé attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 28, 2016 in New York City.
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