Last Night: Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj At Toyota Center
Check out pictures of bad girls Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj in our slideshow.
So far in 2011, Aftermath has seen Ke$ha, Kylie Minogue, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, and in two weeks we should be standing in Katy Perry's midst. We're not saying that because we are bragging, but because all of those people save Madame Minogue are all where they are today because Britney Spears put on a schoolgirl outfit for a music video shoot in late 1998.
We have respect for the lady, now pushing 30, because she led the charge for girls after the Spice Girls imploded, and we needed new pop fodder. She's led a hell of a life the past decade, changing in the public eye, and it seems that we have somehow grown up with her. She could be any girl we graduated high school with, and that's what makes her human to us. She is infinitely fallible, and not afraid to show scars. Even though she does lip-sync.
Here's our ticker from last night after spending nearly two hours with Brit-Brit, from the opening shots of Nicki Minaj to the confetti-covered ending.
The crowd is prettier, older, and more slinky than the last huge Toyota Center girly-pop show we went to, Lady Gaga in April. You can feel the girl-on-girl hate in the place.
Lady Gaga Crowd: "I'm using this pop star to find myself." Britney Spears Crowd: "I found myself at the bottom of a vodka bottle." Both are cool, and both are needed for a perfect world.
The female finery here is through the roof. Just roving packs of chicks, coming in three and four varieties.
Minaj is built Ford tough onstage. Stomping. She's probably ready to start headlining shows after at least another album. Crowd is insane too, and she is destroying them. Every track is hitting, though the story line attached to her show is confusing. Jigsaw mask from Saw is a bad guy, Minaj shoots her/it...
Forty-three minute countdown to Britney. End up getting into a conversation with the girlfriend lady after this sexy mess stands in front of our seats in a slutty sailor costume. The girl gets weirded out that a guy noticed her outfit, even with the gold jacket, red hat, and one-piece thing we don't know the name of. Come to find out that our conception that girls dress sleazy to impress other girls is not entirely correct.
This somehow relates back the idea we had all week that Spears was a female role model in the late '90s and early '00s when it came to sexuality, and how to use your body as a weapon. We get hungry again.
The drunken, slurry belligerence coming out of the Toyota Center tonight will be great. Already seen a group of fancy boys take 10 pictures together in various poses.
Awesome. The PA getting the crowd hyped with some Nickelback, or Chad Kroeger with Santana maybe. Either way, we hate our brain and our job for knowing the latter exists.
Ten minutes till Britney. What a long strange trip it has been. It will be so weird seeing her in person, after cutting pictures out of magazines of her and putting them up in our room, or buying big, semi-nude posters of her for our teenage room. We can't help that we were 16 and she was 17 when she hit the scene. Lots of living has gone on these 12 years.
Three minute countdown. Holy shit. Loud noises. One minute..."It's Britney, bitch."