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In 2000, Britney Spears hovered over the worldwide success of his hit album, …Baby again. She was nominated for the GRAMMY Awards for the first time that year, receiving nods for Best New Female Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, the latter for “…Baby One More Time.”

These 2000 GRAMMYs also marked Spears’ first GRAMMY performance, which remains an unforgettable piece of GRAMMY history today. In this episode of GRAMMY rewindstep back in time with this epic and dazzling performance, which established Spears’ prowess as one of the most imaginative and energetic performers of the early 2000s.

The four-and-a-half-minute number opened with a flashback scene, spotlighting the young Spears as she watched the GRAMMY Awards from a couch at home. “Tina Turner and Janet Jackson,” a TV announcer listed, verifying the names of two of Spears’ young musical idols. “Wow!” the girl thought in a voiceover clip. “One day I will be there, wait and see.”

Sure enough, that clip turns into a dream sequence, and Spears kicks off her performance — beginning what was apparently a full moment for the star. As the singer stands in the midst of a small group of flower-dressed backup dancers, she intones her heartbreaking ballad, “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart,” in breathtaking fashion.

As things begin to pick up with visuals of booming thunderstorms, Spears – who has gone from a pastel tutu to a form-fitting red sequined bodysuit – is then joined by a phalanx of backup dancing robots. She launches into “…Baby One More Time” with an acrobatic dance routine, dazzling the crowd with epic production, dance moves and vocal theatre.

Hit play on the video above to rewatch this iconic Spears performance and keep checking GRAMMY.com every Friday for more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.

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