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  1. So, I’m sorry if this is super well-known or obvious to everyone else; maybe I’m just slow when it comes to certain things. But I’ve seen a lot of complaints over the past two years regarding the “lame puppet show” Britney opened her 2016 VMA performance with. But wasn’t it supposed to be a tribute to the silhouette entrance MJ used during his iconic 1988 Grammys performance? Their screens even ascended in the exact same manner. Of course, MJ continued to use the silhouette entrance for years thereafter, so it really became one of his stage trademarks: But anyway, is that what her intro was a reference to? And wouldn’t that be consistent with her previous MTV performances, since she did the same thing (nodded to an iconic pop performance) for the 2000, 2003, and 2007 VMA performances as well? 2000: Homage to MJ’s 1995 VMA performance with the sparkly black and white men’s suit and fedora: And at 10:20, he even had a screen projection of a circular (spotlight) silhouette of himself that was highly reminiscent of the one Britney opened and ended the show with: 2003: Well, this one is really obvious, seeing as it was, with zero ambiguity, a tribute to Madonna’s 1984 performance. 2007: Again, the inspiration for this performance (Elvis) is well acknowledged, since she began with his song and then used the exact same backdrop he previously utilized: So anyway, that’s the end of this post that may be common knowledge, a total reach or (hopefully) not out of the realm of possibility, nor something that’s occurred to everyone, because I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. So, does anyone think the 2016 VMA “shadow puppet” intro was really just another MJ tribute?
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    other Was 2016 VMA Intro An MJ Tribute?

    I actually was quite pleasantly surprised by the 2016 VMAs; I had been nervous on her behalf that during her long-awaited return to that stage after such a long absence, it would cause her to totally freeze up. But I thought she danced well and actually displayed fluidity, despite the subpar choreography. She also looked very confident, which is frankly unusual but great to see, and also looked extremely pretty. I thought the backup dancers having been adorned in zebra costumes was terrible, G-Eazy was up there too long, and the MM&I cover was pointless. But on its own, one of her best performances this past decade. However, I think the main issue is that she got everybody so unnecessarily hyped up by doing that VMA promo video that revisited all her iconic moments, and alluded to having another one pending, particularly by ending with the “Britney bitch.” It was just such a dramatic display of self-bravado, which Britney never does, a form of promotion, which Britney never does, and an acknowledgment of her past career highlights, which, again, she never does. Hence, I think everyone was expecting something really extraordinary for the actual performance.
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    other Was 2016 VMA Intro An MJ Tribute?

    I'm glad you enjoyed it, I haven't had to work for a few days and I needed to write about something before losing my mind! Well, I couldn't think of any obvious iconic musical references in her 1999 or 2001 VMA performances. So those would be outliers, given the theory is true (aside from the two blatant ones we know to be true, Madonna and Elvis). However, her 2001 AMA performance was, again, very reminiscent of MJ and the iconic guitar solo by Slash during the VMAs. But it's likely just coincidence, since props like wind and smoke machines are used at pop shows all the time. I know she's always been heavily influenced by Janet Jackson, but I hadn't quite realized how much of a female Michael she had been until now!
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    exhale Britney Spears' Net Worth vs Kylie Jenner's

    I’m not going to make fun of her looks, but will gladly poke fun at her years of insistence that she was au naturel, and ludicrous claims her new look could be attained via her highly overrated (and overpriced) product. Also, just realized from my post you quoted that I originally called her “Lylie.” Nice Freudian slip there.
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    exhale Britney Spears' Net Worth vs Kylie Jenner's

    Well to be fair, Kylie created a lip kit that will, without any injections or other cosmetic procedures, increase the size of your lip size and shape from this: To this: And the lip product she painstakingly created with all her scientific understanding even enhances breast size by several cup sizes, refines your nose, and otherwise alters every other facial feature! Forget Forbes, give this girl a Nobel. Her $29 lip magic is going to put all plastic surgeons out of business.
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    Plenty of Critical Positive Reviews of her tour

    I don’t know any of her dancers, but someone answered the following earlier due to other members’ interest.
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    other Was 2016 VMA Intro An MJ Tribute?

    Nah don’t feel bad, even a lot of long-term fans/stans don’t realize the lyrical reference and background replication re: Elvis because it wasn’t exactly the main media—or fan—focus following the panned performance, and certainly not during the several months thereafter, when she was on the cover of every magazine but her actual career was hardly discussed. Point being, this performance wasn’t exactly celebrated and replayed like her previous VMA moments had been, as I doubt too many within the fanbase wanted to watch it repeatedly, whilst Britney’s broken heel, hair extensions and missing acrylic nails became far more pertinent “news” in the MSM.
  8. I’d have to respectfully disagree with at least one of your selections. “Lady Marmalade” had a lot of impact, and despite Xtina sharing the song with four other women (Missy Elliott included, ironically), and barely even singing until the end, Christina is always credited as the first (and often even solo) vocalist in the song. Plus it won VMA Video Of The Year, and the Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration. And Xtina was definitely the integral ingredient in the track’s success, since it’s the highest-charting single Lil’ Kim and Mya have ever had. But at the same time, I feel as though the Vanguard Award isn’t so prestigious now that they have gotten in the habit of giving one out annually, and many of the recent winners haven’t exactly had iconic videographies, to say the least.
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    other Was 2016 VMA Intro An MJ Tribute?

    Most? Again, I’ll take it. ETA: That’s what she said. Or he!
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    other Was 2016 VMA Intro An MJ Tribute?

    Minimal interest and a dubious response! I’ll take it. God, I clearly need work responsibilities to start piling up again.
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    other Favourite Britney song?

    It also never ages! Seriously, Slave sounds like it could be released today and it would still sound fresh.
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    other Favourite Britney song?

    OIDIA (song and album) are both amazing, but I never understood why the album version of Oops still contained that Titanic dialogue. It was cute for the MV and it’s obviously iconic now, but it would’ve made the song more radio-friendly to have a regular bridge/dance break there.
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    other Favourite Britney song?

    Same. Both are simply pop perfection, albeit in very different ways. But “Heaven on Earth,” “Overprotected,” “Slave,” “Born To Make You Happy,” “Gimme More,” “Toxic,” “Everytime,” “And Then We Kiss,” “State of Grace,” and “Strangest Love” are other huge favorites of mine. I also love “Make Me.”
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    tour I put on "The Blonds" costumes on her

    You did a great job! I like the first and third a lot. They are exponentially better than what she currently wears. I have to be honest though, I don’t think she could pull off the pants in the second pic at all. Someone like Rihanna probably could, but they’re still not that great IMO. But like I said, great job overall.
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    Plenty of Critical Positive Reviews of her tour

    Yeah, they’re not super flattering and I’m really not into leotards, but at least they look like costumes unlike the countless mismatched bra and panty combinations she sports nowadays. To me, her current appearance on stage looks like she was in the middle of getting ready for a show, but then was suddenly running super late and had to rush out on stage, still only half-dressed.
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    Plenty of Critical Positive Reviews of her tour

    And here we thought they were just ugly costumes. Turns out they were the highlights of the show all along!
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    Plenty of Critical Positive Reviews of her tour

    This reviewer called the Missy Elliott medley a HIGHLIGHT of the show? I didn’t think the positive reviews were paid for until now. It’s absurd, no one with a functioning occipital lobe, and by extension, two eyeballs, would watch that medley and call it a highlight of anything. It’s out-of-place, poorly executed and just plain awkward. I mean, my god, if this is a highlight, what are the implications for the remainder of the show?
  18. No I’m pretty sure you’re right, it happened with Joey as well! I never realized they recycled a side storyline until now.
  19. Dont worry. I’ll provide you with the Sparknotes from the conversation:
  20. Forgot the Joey instance, but they did the exact same thing when Monica received a terrible review from a food critic. Ross bought every copy of the paper from all the newsstands in Manhattan, or something totally impossible like that.
  21. This seemed like a very fair assessment of the show based on what we’ve seen and heard. The more pressing matter is the following: what random middle-aged music critic remembers “From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart” 20 years later? And further more, not only remembers, but still cares to this extent? It was on a record-setting album, but that particular single made zero cultural impact in itself. What an odd inclusion in the list of huge hits she’s failing to perform.
  22. It's exactly like Britney, it's so damn frustrating. They both sabotage their own careers by refusing to adapt to the streaming generation and denying fans/GP all promo, and both try their hardest to ruin their natural beauty with horrific makeup and unnecessary lip injections. WHY?! "Promote something, I'm giving up on you...."
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    socialney positive thread.....Britney's laugh

    One of the very few times I'll agree with Taylor, without adding any (un?)necessary shade: It sounds so silly, but I've been hypnotized by her laugh since I was a little girl. It's so contagious. Now I'm giggling over here, for no damn reason at 3:52 AM. The stoned, snort, and "attempting to speak Japanese and failing miserably" laugh are my favorites.
  24. True, for me that was the second-best entrance, but just barely (and it's the only one I've gotten to witness live)! No one expected her to emerge from the freaking ceiling, and the ever-increasing roar of the crowd as she slowly descended during her official "comeback" (but don't call it that--) was truly amazing. ETA: I think the BTI interlude during TCSBS was also her best interlude ever, and should definitely be incorporated into POM. It's a much stronger career retrospective than whatever they currently have.
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