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"I Don't Care," Star Search, 1992
Before she became known for the Mickey Mouse Club, she belted this out for Ed McMahon — and lost! Still, this is clear evidence of why people had faith in her vocal abilities from the start.
Singapore Showcase, 1998
Earlier this year, MuuMuse obtained this 12-minute video of Spears labeled "Asian Conference Presentation Singapore" performed just before the release of ...Baby One More Time. Could we have loved her as an unadorned artist like this? Possibly.
"...Baby One More Time," Donnie & Marie, 1999
In this performance, you can clearly hear Spears' live vocals. You can also see how she keeps her head steady and doesn't dance full-out like her back-up dancers in order to sing live — at some point, she must have decided that fully committing to her moves was the more important element of her shows.
"(You Drive Me) Crazy" & "...Baby One More Time," Nickelodeon Big Help Concert, 1999
This Britney seems fully live and unafraid of a few off-key notes as she sings for the kids.
"Satisfaction" & "Oops! ... I Did It Again," VMAs, 2000
Those are her signature deep vocals as she descends the stairs and does a striptease while covering the Rolling Stones classic. When she turns up the dancing for her own song, it looks like she might be getting help from a track. Who could sing live with all that hair in her face?