Britney Spears makes MTV Video Music Awards comeback in bra and knickers

Britney Spears performs in sparkly bra and knickers at VMAs

It was supposed to be an explosive performance to mark her career comeback – but the only thing that sparkled about Britney Spears’ act was the bra and knickers she performed in.

The singer treated the audience to a rendition of her latest song Gimme More, and flashed her flesh, while backing dancers pole danced in front of a red background.

But reports say the show, which Spears worked on with illusionist Criss Angel, was a let-down.

Hip-hop star Akon commented on the performance backstage to People magazine, saying: ‘That could have been better. She needed to focus more. She looked nervous and I think the pressure got to her.’

Britney has a history of using shock tactics to wow at the VMAs, famously kissing Madonna in one show, and dancing with a huge snake draped around her neck for another eye-popping performance.

But, it seems, this year’s act went out with a fizzle, rather than the much-anticipated bang.

Meanwhile, VMA successes were:

Video of the Year: Rihanna

Male Artist of the Year: Justin Timberlake

Female Artist of the Year: Fergie

Best New Artist: Gym Class Heroes

Best Group: Fall Out Boy

Most Earth-shattering Collaboration: Beyonce, featuring Shakira, Beautiful Liar

Quadruple Threat of the Year: Justin Timberlake

Monster Single of the Year: Rihanna, featuring Jay-Z, Umbrella

Best Director: Samuel Bayer, director; Justin Timberlake, artist, What Goes Around … Comes Around

Best Editing: Ken Mowe, editor; Gnarls Barkley, artist, Smiley Faces

Best Choreography: Marty Kudelka, choreographer; Justin Timberlake, artist Let Me Talk To You/My Love.

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