Britney Spears is honoring the legends in a new commercial for 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. A white poster bearing words "Billy Jean", "Like a Virgin" and "Hit Me 1 More X" is seen hanging on the wall of a club where she's DJing and partying all night long. "[They're] the people I've grown up listening to and totally inspire [me]," she says.
In addition to paying homage to Michael Jackson and Madonna, she also salutes Janet Jackson. Her song "Rhythm Nation" is one of the backsounds in the promo ad dubbed "A Tribute to Britney Spears". Those classics are mashed up with Britney's popular singles like "Slave 4 U" and "I Wanna Go".
The video opens with her standing in front of the mirror and writing down number "7" on it. "I'm representing how many albums I've done," she gushes. "I'm walking down a hallway and I'm seeing memorabilia of all my performances that I've done in the past. All my dancers are dressed up in my old outfits, which it's really cool."
This year, Britney receives two nods at the VMAs, thanks to her "Till the World Ends" music video. She is vying for Best Pop Video against Adele, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Pitbull, and is competing for Best Choreography against Beyonce Knowles, Lady GaGa, LMFAO and Bruno.
2011 MTV VMAs will be held in a live telecast at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on August 28. Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Adele and Bruno have been confirmed as performers. Jonah Hill, Rick Ross, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian and Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All are tapped as presenters.