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Britney Spears’ 11 Best Award Show Moments

From wearing a live python to that Madonna kiss, a look back at live awards show performances that made her a star

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Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera perform opening act at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.

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On Sunday, the Billboard Music Awards will open with a performance by pop superstar Britney Spears, who'll run through a medley of her hits and accept the Millennium Award for "outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry." Among those achievements: A slew of appearances both performing and presenting at awards shows, which have been so impressed by her dominance that they've invented new trophies just for her. Here are a few of her biggest moments from ceremonies past.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Lady Gaga and Britney Spears speak on stage at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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2011 Video Music Awards

Lady Gaga's alter ego Jo Calderone, channeling both Gaga and Andrew Dice Clay, introduced Britney as a "pop music legend" who had irrevocably changed the music industry before the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award tribute during which a phalanx of dancers recreated some of Britney's biggest MTV hits. While Gaga-slash-Jo got rebuffed when she tried to recreate the starlet-on-starlet buss that got tongues wagging in 2003, Britney was still gracious, thanking the audience for what would be her fifth Moonman.

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