Britney Spears’ performance at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards was memorable in ways the singer would probably not prefer .
In the promo, which was filmed this week, Spears riffs with Brand in an improvisational Q&A session, during which Brand suggests there’s some sexual tension between them — “I didn’t feel any tension,” Brit quips. She also shows some of the comedic chops she employed during her two-episode stint this spring on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother,” , joking that she has no idea who Brand is, at one point calling him, “Russell Brown”; LL Cool J calls him “Russell Bland.”
While it remains unconfirmed whether Spears will appear at this year’s show — which will be broadcast live from the legendary Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood on September 7 — the singer is nominated for two Moonmen : in the Best Female and Best Pop Video categories, for her track “Piece of Me.”
Incredibly, despite 16 nominations in previous years, Spears has never won a Moonman, but is hoping to break that dry spell next month.
This year, she’ll face off against Katy Perry, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, and Mariah Carey — another artist with several VMAs nods under her belt but no statuette — for Best Female Video, and will contend with Danity Kane, the Jonas Brothers, Panic at the Disco and Tokio Hotel for the Best Pop Video prize.