Let's see...it all started in 1998. Her first single, ...Baby One More Time, was released in the fall. I was 4 years old. The album came out in January of 1999...less than 3 weeks before my 5th birthday. My mom took my sister (14 at the time) and me to Walmart to pick up that blue album with the flower. And that's when... my closet became full of crop tops, I didn't go anywhere without a boom box and a CD case, and I couldn't choreograph dances in my bedroom without a headset microphone. That's when it started.
My first concert happened to be a Britney Spears concert. It was actually in my hometown of Howard County, not even in Baltimore or DC. The date was June 20, 2000, and we didn't even have pavilion seats - we were on the lawn. It was the very beginning of the Oops...I Did It Again! tour. I'll never forget seeing Britney walk out and sing Don't Let Me Be the Last To Know, live (yes, she sings this one live in every show, she doesn't lip-synch it). She was wearing a big, beautiful dress, and as a starstruck 6-year-old, I thought she was breathtaking. To this day, it's still one of my favorite Britney songs. (Maybe also because she and Shania Twain worked on it together as co-writers, fun fact). Of course she didn't see me, I was way in the back on the lawn, but I swore to my sister and my cousins that "she waved to me." I remember going to bed that night and saying to my mom as she tucked me in, "this was the best day of my life."
I own each of these CDs tangibly and digitally AND had them pre-ordered (of course) to be sent to me as soon as humanly possible. Duh.
I was an avid watcher of Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. I re-watch her interviews, performances, and documentaries religiously. I own her books and the magazines with her on the cover. My rooms (at home AND at school) are decorated with lots of Britney posters (and vanilla candles...her favorite, obviously). I used to have my neighbors pay money to watch me perform my choreography to her music on my front porch. Recently, I thought about changing my voicemail to "Hey what's up this is Anna and I'm not in right now so do yo thing!" (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you're not a super-fan). I know all of the music video dances by heart, and I'm not afraid to perform them in public along with an incredibly impressive lip-synching imitation if I do say so myself. I've been her for Halloween multiple times...this year I was the Oops costume (me on the left, Brit on the right)...and yes...I often make collages of the two of us side-by-side thinking that we look alike. just check out my Instagram).
I listen to at least one of her albums in FULL every day. Usually it's her sophomore album, which is my favorite (why in the world was What U See is What U Get never a single?!). It offends me when someone calls a Britney Spears song a "throwback." I'm sorry, do you not listen to her every single day? That's strange...because I do.
I often piss people off by being a one-upper about my obsession with her. They say to me, "you're not any more obsessed with her than anybody else, we all love her." Then we play a game of Brit Brit trivia and I claim my prize of bragging rights with an "I told you so," while the other person thinks I'm a complete and total freak (and in this situation...I am)
Why The Legendary Miss Britney Spears Rules All
Let's first talk about a major debate here. A lot of people will argue with me and say "Britney doesn't really sing!" or even, "Britney can't sing." Let's debacle those silly statements.
Number 1: if you were dancing like this, would you be singing?...
Number 2: She DOES, in fact, sing at her shows! Of course, not every song, it wouldn't be possible to sing and dance that crazy for hours. She does sing her ballads, at least some of them, and I've heard them live. They're beautiful. And you think she can't sing?...
(She didn't win, but isn't she so cute?!)
Now for Number 3...the argument I'm going to make here is one that I feel really defines Britney's career. There are many types of singers in this world. There are musicians (you could call them artists), there are entertainers (you could call them performers), and then there are people who fit both. Britney is absolutely primarily an entertainer. Her job is to be a badass dancer wearing badass costumes and putting on a badass show for you to enjoy. That being said...she really is also a musician, even if it's not her number one component to being the Pop Star that she is. She's co-written (and written) many songs, she's been a singer since childhood, and her heart is really into her music. Watch I Am Britney Jean: The Documentary if you're lost with that last part. Or you can join the fan club, like me, and get letters and tidbits from her all the time. One of my favorite songs that she's written (that got pretty much no publicity)...
Now for a few of the most notable awards and honors this superstar has received...
Grammy Nomination for... Best New Artist in 2000, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (...Baby One More Time) in 2000, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Oops...I Did It Again!) in 2001, Best Pop Vocal Album (Oops...I Did It Again!) in 2001, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Overprotected) in 2003, Best Pop Vocal Album (Britney) in 2003, Best Dance Recording (Womanizer) in 2010.
Won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording (Toxic) in 2005.
She was the youngest person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She is the best selling artist of the 2000s (and one of the best selling artists of all time).
She has 6 MTV Music Awards an 9 Billboard Music Awards.
She was the youngest person to ever win a VMA... (nominated 30 times and won 6 times).
Being a dancer just about my whole life, I saw this girl on my TV and I was mesmerized by the way she moved. It's incredibly inspiring to me how talented of a dancer she is and how passionate she is about dancing. It's inspiring to me how she just puts herself out there, stays true to herself, and doesn't care what anybody thinks of it. Love her, hate her, say what you want about her...you know the rest of that sentence.
Not to mention, she's beautiful...just look at her...
So tell me...if I said Britney Spears was my favorite celebrity of all time...would you hold it against me?