It seems our collective ’90s nostalgia might be getting some competition from our fond recollections of the early aughts—Justin Timberlake had a huge moment last week and tonight, Britney Spears stole the spotlight at the Billboard Music Awards in arguably her best awards show appearance in almost two decades. She performed a medley of her greatest hits looking every bit as stunning as she did during her now famous performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U” back in 2001, and she was all smiles on the carpet through multiple head-turning outfit changes. Click through to see all the highlights of Britney’s big night and view her amazing throwback performance.
Update: Pre-Order "Glory" Tonight
Britney's just posted to Instagram the album cover for her newest effort, Glory, which you can pre-order Wednesday night, August 3, at midnight ET. According to the singer's Instagram, pre-orders will be rewarded with a #PrivateShow. While this likely isn't going to be quite a Lemonade-level mic drop moment, we think it'll definitely solidify the fact that Britney is officially back.
Britney made her entrance in a sheer Reem Acra micromini very much reminiscent of the outfit she wore to the 2001 MTV VMAs carpet.
She then opened the show with a medley of her greatest hits, including "Toxic," "I'm a Slave 4 U," "Womanizer," and "I Love Rock N Roll." Watch her full performance here.
Finally, Britney received the Millennium Award—joining Beyoncé and Whitney Houston as its only other recipients—and could not stop smiling. After this pitch-perfect early aughts throwback we couldn't stop smiling either, and we can only hope that tonight's stellar showing marks a real return for Britney beyond Vegas.