Over the course of two weeks, nearly one million votes cast in MTV News’ Britney Spears Tournament: 30 Videos for 30 Years, and on Friday (December 2) — which also happens to be the pop superstar’s 30 birthday — we reached our final tally.
You, the fans, decided the crown for the Best Britney Video of All Time is goes to … “I’m A Slave 4 U”!
Released in September 2001, the Francis Lawrence-directed video is still as influential a pop music clip 10 years later. Britney performed the song for the first time at the ’01 MTV Video Music Awards, using a jungle-themed set filled with exotic animals, including a tiger and a now-iconic white boa constrictor snake, which she wrapped around her shoulders.
“Slave” defeated the Chris Marrs Piliero-directed runner-up “Criminal” by a wide margin, with nearly 69 percent of the vote. “Criminal,” Britney’s most recent video from this year’s Femme Fatale release, made its way to the top two by beating out some of Britney’s best-loved videos, from “Stronger” to “I Wanna Go” to (in a shocking defeat) her debut video “… Baby One More Time.”
We want to know what you think of “Slave” winning it all in our 30 Videos for 30 Years tournament. Sound off in the comments section and send your birthday wishes to Britney!