Britney Spears will not be performing at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Ryan Seacrest reported on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” on Monday morning.
Quoting Spears’s manager, Larry Rudolph, Seacrest said, “Britney Spears will not be performing at the VMAs this year. I’m telling you officially and unequivocally.”
According to Seacrest, Rudolph told him that Spears was “in the middle of recording her next album, which is going amazingly well, and was never supposed to perform at the show.”
Performance rumors arose after Spears appeared in promotional spots for the awards show with host Russell Brand. Her hairstylist Kim Vo also told E! that he was planning three hairstyles for the pop star for the Sept. 7 show, one for the red carpet, one for the show itself, and a third being something “quintessential Britney” for a performance.
Spears, the Susan Lucci of the “VMAs,” is up for three awards for her video “Piece of Me.” A win in any category would be her first Moonman after 16 nominations in previous years, according to MTV.
Though she won’t be singing at the “VMAs,” fans hoping to see Spears on stage again still can — thanks to Madonna. As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Spears filmed a video cameo in July for the Material Girl’s current “Sticky & Sweet” tour.
In footage appearing on YouTube, Spears’s cameo appears on three screens, switching between scenes of Spears in a grey hoodie trapped in an elevator and close-up shots of her in dark sunglasses, singing along with the lines “Express yourself, don’t repress yourself” during Madonna’s “Human Nature.”