Britney Spears confirmed her return to the scene with an incredible performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2016. Last month, the Princess of Pop made her long-awaited comeback to the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) stage after the 2007 fiasco.
Following years of personal struggles, including two divorces, drug rehabilitation, and even involuntary psychiatric hold, it appears Britney has finally put all that in the past and embarked in a sort of revival tour to recover her lost superstardom.
Ever since Spears announced her residency show at The AXIS auditorium located in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the former reclusive “Oops!… I Did It Again” interpreter has resembled more and more the pop icon she once was.
Titled Britney: Piece of Me, her first residency show began in December 2013 and was initially going to run for two years. However, Britney’s performances were well received by critics and fans alike, and she extended her contract with Planet Hollywood through 2017.
Britney Spears and iHeartRadio Music Festival 2016
The 2016 edition of the two-day festival held each September since 2011 by iHeartRadio in Paradise, Nevada, took place at the T-Mobile Arena on September 23-24. Artists were, among others, Ariana Grande, Drake, Usher, Twenty One Pilots, OneRepublic, Sia, Pitbull, U2, Sting, Backstreet Boys, and the Britney Spears everyone used to know.
Like at the VMAs, the singer was once again in top form during her iHeartRadio Music Festival performance. Dancing and singing to the tune of greatest hits “Work B***h,” “Womanizer,” “Slave 4 U,” “Toxic,” “Stronger,” and “(You Drive Me) Crazy.” She also performed “Do You Wanna Come Over?” and “Make Me…” with G-Eazy.
Britney made a glorious return at the VMAs 2016
In August, the pop star made an epic return to the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Along with G-Eazy, she sang her latest single “Make Me…” for the first time as well as the rapper’s hit song “Me, Myself & I,” and her performance received praise.
Days later, Spears revealed to Marie Claire magazine that motherhood and her sons had helped her overcome the crippling anxiety she suffered in the past. Britney followed those comments with another incredible show to prove she was on the right track.
Las Vegas propelled Spears back to the top
Her continued Vegas residency certainly paid off. Named “Best of Las Vegas” in 2015, the show consists of 50 performances per year and features many of Britney’s hit songs.
Las Vegas has been both a personal and commercial success, bringing in an additional $20 million in annual earnings for Planet Hollywood and reviving Britney’s career. Spears also began recording her ninth studio album and recently released the lead single, “Make Me…” featuring guest vocals from G-Eazy.
Source: iHeartRadio Music Festival