Twenty years ago, Britney Spears broke into the pop music scene as an 18-year-old in the MGM movie Slumber Party and became a pop culture phenomenon. In her career, she has sold nearly 100 million albums, was the first female artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 two years in a row, won 19 Grammy Awards, and has been nominated for 71 chart-topping singles.
Now, a decade after Spears first premiered on the scene, the question is still being asked: Can Britney Spears help revive the post-Obama era at the pop-music Grammy Awards?
Those who attended the first group of pre-show rehearsals on Thursday evening of what will be the first Britney Spears performance at the 2018-2019 Grammy Awards watched their favorite performer step in to sing and dance in rehearsals for her performance at the Grammy Awards, which are set to air Sunday, Sept. 16 on CBS.
Spears is performing alongside fellow Grammy nominees and music legends will.i.am, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Childish Gambino, Little Big Town, Eric Church, and Kacey Musgraves. Backstage at the pre-show rehearsals, Spears and will.i.am were well into their rehearsals, in the midst of their rehearsal routine.
“Here we go,” Spears said with her hands in her pocket, as she walked out of the dressing room in a sweatshirt and jeans. While Spears set off for rehearsals, her security and a camera crew in tow, the crowd of fans outside the dressing room only grew. Many chanted her name as she stepped out of the dressing room, and others who had been waiting for hours, assembled in the lobby to meet Spears and get a glimpse of her.
Spears was driving on her way to rehearse when she stopped to speak with the attendees at the pre-show, and thanked them for their love of her and her career. “I’m so grateful to have you guys as fans of my music,” Spears said.
As she waved to the fans outside the dressing room, Spears took a cellphone video of one fan who was starting to cry, and told her to calm down. “I can’t believe you’re crying,” Spears said in the video. “We’re having so much fun, and I’m so happy to be here rehearsing, I’m in so much fun.”
Fans took to social media to express their love of Spears’s career on the 10th anniversary of her first Billboard Hot 100 #1.”Thank you! You’re the best!” “Thank you for all the work you’ve done.” “I have grown up with your music and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been listening to your music.”
Wrap your head around this. My twelve-year-old daughter wants Britney to win a #GRAMMY tonight! pic.twitter.com/NkNlaWUoWC — Derek Levco (@drlevco) September 14, 2018
Swoon. Britney is up for four #GRAMMYs & I want her to win 3!!! We will make it happen!!! Get her nominated! I’m letting her sing at the Oscars next, nbd. — Nicole Nido (@NicoleNido) September 14, 2018
Spears earned her fourth and fifth #GRAMMY nominations on Friday, for Pop Vocal Album for Glory, Song of the Year for “Scream & Shout,” and Pop Solo Performance for “…Baby One More Time.”
The 2018-2019 Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.