For the second hour of the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears, Eminem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and ‘NSYNC rolled out performances that ranged from surprisingly sedate to downright bizarre.
Borrowing a page from “Flashdance” — as well as Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” video — a suit-and-tied Spears looked as if she had chosen to take a low-key approach for her second straight VMA performance.
After emerging from behind a backlit screen, Spears descended down a spiral staircase and offered up a soulful, if unstirring, rendition of the Rolling Stones’ anti-establishment classic, “Satisfaction.” But just when it appeared that Britney would be playing it tame, it all came off — well, almost.
Spears sent the crowd’s hormones into a frenzy by tearing off her black suit to reveal a spangled, flesh-toned outfit, and then proceeded to kick into an adrenaline-pumping performance of “Oops!… I Did It Again” that seemed to suggest that perhaps she
really was “not that innocent” anymore.
As the monitors displayed images of the respective band member’s heads “singing” “Bye Bye Bye,” ‘NSYNC continued to dance behind the screens, occasionally emerging from behind them as if they were playing peekaboo with the audience.
Things returned to normal during the boy band’s incredibly brief finale — a sped-up rendition of “It’s Gonna Be Me” — during which the band and its cadre of supporting dancers jokingly took a break from its fast and furious performance in order for Joey Fatone to catch his breath.
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