We Need To Talk about Britney…
As Britney Spears took to the stage again last week to perform her new hit Make Me…, the debate about her health kicked up again
Beyoncé might have been the more lauded performer (and the longest – there was a whole 15 minutes of Mrs Knowlescarter), Rihanna might have taken to the stage a whopping four times, but it was Britney Spears who really got everyone talking at last week’s MTV VMAS as the debate raged on about whether the singer – who’s battled mental health problems for years – should be taking part.
No sooner had Britney finished her performance of Make Me… than fans took to Twitter to slam her routine, with most highlighting the fact that she appeared to be miming. ‘Why does Britney even bother wearing a microphone? She’s not fooling anyone,’ said one user. ‘Britney Spears VMA performance was actually terrible. Does she ever sing live?’ said another.
It’s the kind of backlash that’s dogged the 34-yearold singer for years. Just recently, she was even criticised for not singing when she filmed Carpool Karaoke with James Corden – but isn’t it time we, y’know, let it go? And maybe, just maybe, gave Britters a little bit of credit? Britney was a regular at the awards show until her 2007 breakdown. Last Sunday’s performance was her first in nine years and no small feat. During that period, Britney has undoubtedly pulled herself back from the brink: she’s battled anxiety, panic attacks, depression and trips to rehab, and has slowly but surely rebuilt her life. Her last foray onto the main stage was her 2007 ‘comeback’ set which was slammed as one of the worst in VMAS history. But watch the two side by side and it’s clear that she’s come a long way, both mentally and professionally, and that is undoubtedly worthy of praise. What’s more, it was reported that part of the reason Britney appeared to be a little nervous during her performance was that she was billed not long after Beyoncé. And given that Queen Bey performed a shortened version of her hit album Lemonade – complete with backing dancers, OTT hair and flawless vocals – it’s hardly surprising. But there’s no doubt that Britney’s performance was a success for her musically, with her album Glory quickly hitting No 2 in the UK’S midweek chart. Britney’s never going to be Beyoncé, she’s never going to be Rihanna – but maybe it’s OK to just be good enough…
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