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Updated on Sep 3, 2020. Posted on Aug 29, 2016

Britney Spears Just Destroyed Her Return To The VMAs Stage

Inspearational legend.

Nine years ago, this was Britney Spears performing her new single "Gimme More" for the first time on the VMAs stage:

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Tonight, this was Britney Spears performing her new single "Make Me..." for the first time on the VMAs stage:

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And the contrast​ of the two couldn't be more inspiring.

Nine years ago, this was a recently divorced 25-year-old mother of two who took the stage and performed a concerning out-of-sync spectacle:

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Tonight, this was a 34-year-old happily single mother of two performing a perfectly in-sync spectacle:

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Nine years ago, this was a 25-year-old paparazzi obsession who'd just shaved her head because she was "sick of people touching her," trying to live up to her past self:

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Tonight, this was a 34-year-old former paparazzi obsession who managed to survive a complete destruction of privacy, living up to her past self:

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Nine years ago, this was a 25-year-old Britney Spears amid a public crucifixion, simply attempting to do what she loves to do the most:

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Tonight, this was a 34-year-old Britney Spears, destroying the same stage that nearly destroyed her career nine years ago:

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"Why do you like Britney Spears?"

Because she's one hell of an inspiration.

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