She didn't sing, but Britney Spears made her mark on Sunday's "MTV Video Music Awards," leaving with three Moonmen including Video of the Year.
She had never before won a VMA.
Spears took the stage sporting a smile and a newly toned physique, an obvious departure from her VMA performance last year that was almost universally dubbed a train wreck.
Nonetheless, many fans viewed Sunday's supposed comeback as anticlimactic. Her chief duty -- opening the show -- consisted of a short skit with "Superbad" star Jonah Hill, and then a couple lines read live from a teleprompter. While accepting her awards, Spears steered away from controversy by giving short speeches that thanked mainly her fans.
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Spears was less controversial than host Russell Brand, who got a numb audience reaction to his off-color political remarks, as well as jabs at pop act the Jonas Brothers' promise (purity) rings. At one point, singer Jordin Sparks retaliated, publicly defending the three brothers.
Get an extended recap of the show at the Walk of Shame blog at www.ledger-enquirer.com.