Troubled pop star Britney Spears broke down in tears after her disastrous opening performance at the MTV Awards, it has been claimed, following a string of problems leading up to the show.
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According to a report by columnist Richard Johnson in the New York Post, Britney's "comeback" performance of her new single Gimme More at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night was plagued by drama.
Britney has been rocked by criticism since the show, with reviewers saying she was unfit, overweight, unprepared, out of time with her dancers, lacking charisma and couldn't even mime properly.
The Post report said there were multiple problems in the build-up to the performance. Britney refused to wear MTV's clothes, didn't rehearse properly and had been drinking frozen margaritas just before going on stage, the paper alleged.
"MTV wanted her to wear a corset outfit," a source told the paper. "It would have looked great and covered a lot of things up, but she hated it and didn't think it was sexy enough."
Britney also didn't rehearse properly, and her team of dancers wrote off the more complicated moves to choose simpler routines.
"She didn't even get to Las Vegas until 4.30pm," the newspaper's source said.
"It was ridiculous ... The production people at MTV were freaking out ... Nobody can tell Britney what to do anymore. No one can control her. She is a mess."
After the performance Britney allegedly broke down in tears, but consoled herself by partying till 3am. She was later photographed by paparazzi without underwear on.
Others reports suggested Britney had a fight with her hair stylist just hours before the show.
Entertainment wire Bang! Showbiz suggested the Toxic singer had flown the hairdresser from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to tend to her locks for a whopping $US10,000.
After a disagreement about whether her hair should be blonde or brunette for the performance - during which Britney allegedly shouted "It's my money and I'll do what I want" - the furious stylist cut up all the hair extensions Britney was planning to wear for the show.
Another source claimed one of Britney's stiletto heels broke during the performance, meaning she could not gyrate properly.
Pop stars Rihanna, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake were the big winners at the MTV Awards, an annual event held each year to celebrate the pop music industry.
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