Even though Britney Spears sang and hoofed "Gimme More" so disastrously at last year's kudofest, MTV Video Music Awards just took her request seriously. It gave her three more undeserved nominations, including a shot at video of the year for "Piece of Me."
That's the biggest haul among nominees. That's how much the VMAs adore their Brit-Brit. Chris Brown also nabbed a trio of bids, including a shot at video of the year for "Forever." The other three contenders for that top prize: the Jonas Brothers for "Burnin' Up," Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up" and — surprise! — the Ting Tings' "Shut Up and Let Me Go."
Britney Spears has lost 16 times at the VMAs — Isn't that a record? — but she keeps delivering jaw-dropping moments during the actual kudofest like dancing with a snake in 2001 and kissing a snake (Madonna) in 2003 plus that train wreck of an opening number last year, so they keep letting her slither back even though voters keep deciding she doesn't deserve to win.
Will Britney perform again? Coyly, MTV won't say, but the answer is obvious considering those dumb plugs she's doing all over TV with host Russell Brand and that elephant. Even though MTV insists that the commercials are hilarious, the elephant is far funnier than Britney (and Russell, for that matter — though I'm sure he'll rally on awards night, Sept. 7).
"And if y'all were wondering about the possibility of Spears running into her ex, MTV golden boy Justin Timberlake, at the show, you can stop now," reports Marc Malkin at E! Online. "J.T. will be in New York that night hosting a fashion show for his William Rast clothing collection."
Oh, yeah, by the way, there are other nominees too, like these rivals for best rock video: Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Slipknot, Linkin Park and Foo Fighters. See the full list HERE and start voting immediately for best new artist.
The kudofest will be telecast live from the Paramount Pictures Studios lot and will include performances by the Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne and Kid Rock.