Most Iconic VMA Moments: Britney Spears Performs ‘Slave’ With an Assist From a Snake

By: Matt Russoniello / July 29, 2013

Is Britney Spears‘ 2001 performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U” the greatest VMA performance ever?  In anticipation of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA moment ever.  We’ve selected five of the most memorable performances; vote for your favorite below. Continue reading after the poll for more Britney goodies. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the performances. You may vote once per day.

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A Look Back At Britney’s Iconic ‘Slave’ Performance

In 2000, one year before Britney performed “I’m a Slave 4 U,” Britney performed another little ditty you may have heard of at the VMAs: “Oops!… I Did It Again.” The performance, which featured Britney ripping away her tuxedo to reveal a sparkly, flesh-toned catsuit, helped cement her as one of her generation’s most exciting performers.

Cut to one year later. Expectations were high. Could Britney top her “Oops” performance? There’s no way, right? WRONG!

Britney emerged from a cage and performed, for the first time, her brand new single, the slinky, Neptunes-produced “I’m a Slave 4 U.” And while she did share the stage with a live white tiger, all eyes were on Britney, who looked sexier than she’d ever looked before:

Of course, talk of this iconic moment would not be complete without mention of Britney’s co-star, Banana the albino python. As Britney danced her way across the stage with Banana draped across her body, it was clear: this was not a performance to forget. Ever. In fact, in 2008, MTV named it the most iconic performance ever. Does it still deserve that title? That’s up to you, dear readers.

I mean, c’mon! This performance is so famous that even kittens are imitating! #Reductive

[Source: MTV]

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