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In her much-hyped return to the VMA stage, a dazed Britney passively dances, or at least flips her hair and sways her hips back and forth a little bit. (At the 2:48-mark, her team of backup dancers start to lift her up, then think better of it?) Cut to a shot of an unimpressed Diddy in the audience, then an even more unimpressed 50 Cent, then zoom out to a whole sea of generally unimpressed people.
This was that time when poor country mouse Taylor Swift lost a video award to Beyoncé and her almighty "All the Single Ladies" and Kanye West consoled her through the pain.
On the red carpet, Mary J. Blige is in the middle of responding to an interview question about her new album... when, yeah, that's a wrap. Thanks for playing, Mary.
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