LOS ANGELES —
Spears was on hand for the mammoth tribute segment MTV put together for this year's Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre, and MTV News guest correspondent Gomez was able to catch up with her beforehand on the space-age-like black carpet inside the lobby of the JW Marriott hotel.
Gomez introduced Spears as "pop superstar" and "VMA icon," offering her own adulation face to face as they began chatting despite some microphone issues. "You look beautiful," Gomez began.
"You're a big inspiration to me and to a lot of other people," she continued. "[The] VMAs are giving you a huge tribute. How does that feel?"
"It feels amazing," Spears answered with a broad smile. "It feels really, really amazing."
And while Gomez showered praise on Spears, the multiplatinum performer in turn showed some love for one of her fellow VMA nominees. "I'm really interested in seeing Adele," she told Gomez.
"I love her. I'm the biggest fan. I'm really excited about seeing [her]."