But where were Britney and Justin?

September 1, 2004 By Jordan Miller

The MTV Video Music Awards featured a lot of star power this year, but some fans were left wondering: Where were Britney and Justin?

Britney Spears has practically made a tradition of not only appearing at the VMAs, but giving the ceremony some of its most talked about moments. She performed her schoolgirl hit “… Baby One More Time” in 1999, stripped to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Oops! … I Did It Again” in 2000, became a snake charmer for “I’m a Slave 4 U” in 2001, presented birthday cake to Michael Jackson (who mistook it for an award) in 2002, and kissed Madonna in 2003.