The MTV VMA Awards is one of those events full of iconic but at the same time WTF moments. How can we forget about Britney wearing a snake as a scarf or that one time Miley Cyrus wore a tiny outfit shocking all the audience for her irreverence? Well, before all the events you could think of, the infamous kiss between Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera set the bar quite high.
At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, the stage was revealed with a gigantic cake on it, then Britney Spears popped out and starts singing Madonna's famous anthem 'Like a Virgin.' After a minute another figure entered the stage and it was no other than Christina Aguilera. At this moment many were shocked, to say the least just by this because, how could we forget about the never-ending feud between the two pop icons? Well, this was just starting.
Both sing here and there and before the song can continue much longer, the music stops and Madonna pops from the cake with a black outfit. In the video, we can see most of the audience shocked because now we have three of the most iconic pop singers at the time. Madonna starts singing her recent hit at that time 'Hollywood' and from there everything evolves until the three of them share a kiss. If that happened nowadays it wouldn't be as shocking as it was back in 2003 because let's just remembered that TV at that time still censored a lot more things than now.
While the media focused on Britney x Madonna kiss only, most people do not realize that the whole performance could have gone very differently from what we know now.
MTV Music Group President Van Toffler revealed that instead of Britney, Jennifer Lopez was the one chosen by the Queen of Pop. "It was a long road to get to that Britney and Christina kiss because they weren't necessarily the first couple of people who were on the hit list. This may be the first time it's revealed, but originally J. Lo was in the mix. That didn't happen."
He continued: "The thing about Britney and Christina was they had history, so it was not easy to get them together on the stage. Both Britney and Christina obviously respected Madonna, so only she could pull that off. You have to have that kind of pull."
While it would have been interesting to watch this, we could say that it turned out better than anyone expected. It was never revealed why JLo did not join the fun but back in time, US Weekly revealed that Jennifer Lopez had some issues with the show. “Jennifer didn’t want to be in a goofy wedding dress two weeks before her wedding and didn’t like the concept because she is no longer a backup dancer” (Jen was marrying Ben Affleck but just before the nuptials they broke up, yikes)
As a side note, Pink was almost in the performance too but she declined because she was taking some days off. "It was originally supposed to be different people involved," Pink told MTV News Europe, "but I didn't even know [what was going to happen during the performance]. The kiss wasn't even talked about. I had one vacation all year," Pink explained, "and I was not leaving my vacation to go into a rehearsal studio, which sounds ridiculous, but you know, I just said, 'I can't be at those rehearsals, but I can learn it for that day, and I'm sure that I'll be more than capable of doing it.' " Obviously she did not make it.