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Britney can't come close to matching Beyoncé’s fire at MTV VMAs

They were perhaps the saddest words ever glimpsed on MTV: “Britney Spears returns to the VMA stage in 10 minutes.” Rendered as an on-screen caption in the wake of Beyoncé’s epic throwdown on Sunday’s Video Music Awards, the sentence wasn’t supposed to trigger pity. After all, this year’s edition...

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    The 2016 VMA arrivals: fantasy frocks, cause awareness, and the shirt gets kicked to the curb

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