LOS ANGELES — It took a year, but Britney Spears' comeback on the MTV Video Music Awards is finally a reality.
Spears nabbed all three VMAs she was nominated for, including video of the year, and made a triumphant appearance in an atttempt to erase the career low of last year's ceremony.
Spears didn't perform. Still, just being there was enough for a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd long before she opened her mouth to get things rolling.
Maybe the audience was simply excited to see a glimpse of Britney looking fab once again. The rebounding pop queen wore a short silver mini-dress with a plunging neckline, showcasing her svelte figure.
It was a far cry from last year, when her dishelveled, bumbling kickoff was widely panned.
"I first want to thank God for blessing me like this," Spears said, then left the stage quickly — though she still had a shot at two other awards, including video of the year.
There were laughs during British comedian Russell Brand's opening monologue, but the celeb audience seemed more nervous than amused, as Brand took aim at Madonna, President Bush and the virginity of teen sensations the Jonas Brothers.
Chris Brown was tied to two of the hottest women at the awards: Rihanna and Spears.
Brown, who won best male video for With You wrote Disturbia, the song his rumored girlfriend Rihanna performed to open Sunday's show. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter is also crafting tunes Spears may record, he said.
"I actually wrote a couple songs for her now," Brown said.