Britney Spears Is A VMA ‘Icon,’ Sabi Says

Collaborator/ tour opener says Brit's 'catchy' catalog is perfect for Sunday's tribute.

Fans are eagerly anticipating the Britney Spears tribute at Sunday’s Video Music Awards — and you can count [artist id="3952021"]Sabi[/artist] among those die-hards.

Spears’ Femme Fatale Tour opening act and “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” collaborator said it’s definitely fitting that Spears will be feted at the awards show.

“I think it’s awesome,” the singer/songwriter told MTV News. “I personally have been able to watch firsthand how she’s worked her butt off. She’s been in the game for a minute. She’s an icon. It’s well overdue.”

Go behind the scenes as Britney films her 2011 VMA promo.

So what Spears songs would Sabi like to see in the tribute? Her picks: “I’m Slave 4 U,” “Toxic” and Brit’s breakout hit, ” … Baby One More Time.” “She has so many catchy, great records,” she added.

As for Spears herself, she told MTV News that her favorite VMA memory was that infamous lip-lock with Madonna back in 2003. “My greatest experience — probably being with Madonna,” she told MTV News. “The kiss was amazing. … Being onstage with someone of that caliber is just iconic.” Spears is up for two Moonmen at the 2011 VMAs, including Best Pop Video and Best Choreography.

Sabi will get her first taste of the VMAs when she performs the dance hit “You Make Me Feel … ” with Cobra Starship during the VMA Pre-Show .

“I always say this: Like, someone needs to pinch me,” Sabi said of performing as part of the show. “Just know that the guys and the one girl, we’ve all performed a bunch of times with each other and just know that this is going to be different than anything I’ve ever done.”

The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year’s highlights and vote for Best New Artist by visiting VMA.MTV.com.