At the 2011 Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga’s alter ego Jo Calderone presented Britney Spears
with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by telling the audience that Spears “taught us all how to be fearless.” And that fearlessness was honored with a dance-heavy tribute to the pop star.
Brit’s ever-growing legacy is the reason why she was so deserving of the special award, her celebrity fans and members of her inner circle told MTV News.
“She never lets you down,” her longtime choreographer Brian Friedman told MTV News on the VMA black carpet on Sunday night. “She’s definitely not dull. There’s always something crazy coming around the next turn. I think it’s a mix between music, which is always incredible, the dance performance you see on the stage, the iconic videos, the fashion, and then the fact that she can’t be knocked down.”We spotted Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and more hanging out backstage!
Those sentiments were mirrored by her pal and former ’NSYNC member JC Chasez, who noted that even at 30, “She’s actually been around long enough [to have a tribute]. She has a body of work to pull from.”
“Oh, man! She deserves it out of anybody,” the “Jersey Shore” star said. “She’s been killing it forever now. She’s got so many albums, and every time she brings out an album, she brings it.”
After Gaga presented Spears with the award on Sunday, a group of young female dancers of various ages, dressed up in Britney-themed costumes from her hit music videos, took the stage to perform some of her most memorable moves.
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