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Britney Spears' 15 Most Iconic Moments In Pop Culture History

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    If Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, then Britney Spears is its princess. Sorry, Xtina, Katy Perry, and, yes, even you, T.Swift: Britney is the original royal pop star. Her meteoric ascent to chart-topping fame was followed by a tumultuous period in her personal life, which, many would argue, began in 2004 with her getting hitched to a childhood friend at a Vegas chapel for a grand total of 55 hours β€” followed by her marriage to Kevin Federline later that same year.

    By all accounts, the Britney Spears we all fell in love with is alive and well today. Her lucrative Las Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me, kicked off in 2013 and will run until at least 2017. Early this month, she released her first app. She's been hard at work on a new album, which is rumored to drop later this year. On Sunday, Spears will receive the Millennium Award at the Billboard Music Awards, where she'll perform a medley of her greatest hits. In honor of the accolade, here are 15 of Britney Spears' most iconic pop culture moments. It's Britney, bitch.


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    "...Baby One More Time" (1998)

    Oh, baby, baby. This was the single, music video, and album that started it all, folks. Back in '98, Britney broke onto the scene as an unknown singer with a killer voice β€” and a shockingly sexy image for a 16-year-old. The "Baby" video is now the pinnacle of the naughty Catholic school girl in our pop culture lexicon.

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    Britney + *NSYNC = Magic (1999)

    At the 1999 MTV VMAs, the boy band sensation joined forces with the hottest new thing in pop with an epic mashup of "...Baby One More Time" and "Tearin' Up My Heart." A musical match made in heaven. And it became apparent that it was a romantic match, too. This was the year that pop's first It couple, Spears and Justin Timberlake, started dating.

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    "Oops!...I Did It Again" (2000)

    Had the world even seen a red, skintight latex bodysuit before the "Oops" video kicked off the new millennium with this sensual space jam? It features an ethereal Britney, moments of humor, and the sexiest astronaut, ever.

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    "Stronger" (2000)

    The world didn't know what a dynamic pop force it was reckoning with until it saw Britney slay the choreography in the sleek video for this empowering anthem β€” with little more than a chair. And the game-changing minimalist concept was all her. β€œShe said, 'I would like to dance in a chair and drive in a car and break up with [my] boyfriend,'" said director Joseph Kahn.