Don't let the title of this post fool you. On Sunday night I caught Britney Spears' performance that kicked off the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. Britney's performance was stunning... but for all the wrong reasons.
For starters, she was out of shape. Although Britney doesn't need to put Jenny Craig on speed dial, it's still a little premature for her to be wearing the bra and panties ensemble she sported Sunday night. Her performance was also poorly lip-synched and surprisingly stiff at times. Britney almost seemed like she didn't want to be there. Believe me when I say that she would have did herself and the viewing audience a favor if she did pull a no-show. A barfly doing her version of "I Will Survive" on karaoke night right before last call would be more entertaining. At least you know that she's actually singing!
I can't say that Britney's performance on Sunday night was uninspiring because it did lead me to search You Tube for clips of one of the greatest live performers of all time... Tina Turner. The clip below is from her days with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Filmed in 1965 as part of the all-star concert "The Big TNT Show", this sequence includes a medley of "A Fool In Love" and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine". This performance showcases Tina's vocal prowess, sex appeal, and high energy... traits that Britney was sorely lacking on Sunday night. Tina is practically 3 times older than Britney and the rest of today's lip-sync divas, but I'll bet she can still teach them a hell of a lot about the art of live performance.