Video Music Awards, 2008
After a shaky show-opening performance at the similarly shambolic 2007 Video Music Awards in Las Vegas, Britney was ready for redemption, and the 2008 VMAs, held in Los Angeles, provided plenty. Britney opened the show with an introduction and subsequently swept all her categories, including Video of the Year, for the self-referential "Piece Of Me"; even with her many VMAs appearances, the trophies were her first. She ended the show by being whisked away by host Russell Brand into the wilds of Paramount Pictures Studios on a golf cart. A happy ending – even if she didn't perform.