Britney Spears

By Todd Martens, Times Staff Writer One year after awkwardly lip-syncing her way through the opening of the MTV VMAs, Britney Spears returned to kick off the 2008 affair. She didn’t perform a song, but her appearance was so hyped by the network that it overshadowed the entire event. Props, perhaps, for not embarrassing herself, but Spears did little more than read a cue card at a mile a minute, and walk around with a beauty pageant smile. Grade: F
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