Spears A "Disaster" At Mtv Video Awards
A report by Associated Press Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody about Britney Spears's performance, which opened Sunday night's MTV Video Awards, labeled it a "train wreck" and a "disaster." "Out-of-sync lip-syncing. Lethargic movements that seemed choreographed by a dance instructor for a nursing home. The paunch in place of Spears' once-taut belly. At times she just stopped singing altogether, as if even she knew nothing could save her performance," Mumbi wrote. The top winner of the night was Spears's former partner, Justin Timberlake, who challenged MTV to return music videos to a more prominent position in its schedule. "We don't want to see the Simpsons on reality television." (He was presumably referring to Jessica and Ashlee rather than to Homer and Bart.) The awards special was broadcast from Las Vegas in an apparent effort to halt a steady erosion of its ratings. Last year's show dropped to a record low of 5.8 million viewers -- about half the number who tuned in two years earlier.