Britney Sweeps 3 VMA Awards

But delivers uninspiring 'performance'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 8, 2008 4:00 AM CDT
Britney Spears poses with her awards backstage at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards yesterday.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Comeback kid Britney Spears swept three MTV Video Music Awards last night—but delivered an uninspired performance, reports ABC News. Fans had hoped Spears' appearance would redeem her image after the star's last addled MTV performance. But Britney delivered a meek Valley Girl skit with Superbad star Jonah Hill, lamely inquiring, "What is your deal?" when he began to make out with her—and a stiff teleprompter read.

Her consolation? Awards for best female video, best pop video and best music video of the year, all for Piece of Me. They were her first music video awards after 16 nominations. "I'm shocked," said Britney, sporting a sparkling silver Versace mini-dress. "I was not expecting this." Other highlights of the show included gold-medalist Michael Phelps, who introduced favorite rapper Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, who brought down the house with Love Lockdown.