Britney Spears Sings Live, Gives Critics 'Something to Talk About' During Vegas Performance

Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 24, 2016. Credit: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Way better than Will Ferrell’s version in Stepbrothers! Britney Spears slayed a live cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” during her Piece of Me show in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 19.

Britney singing "Something to Talk About" live 😵 #shook #pieceofme

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The “Slumber Party” singer prefaced her showstopping performance with a not-so-subtle shot at her critics, saying, “So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, right? This morning I woke up and I was like, ‘There’s a lot of things going on in the world’ and stuff, but basically I looked and I was like, you know what, the press and the media my whole life … you know, it's really crazy, one minute they tear you down and they’re really horrible, and the next minute you’re on top of the world, you know?”

“I’ve never really spoke about it, you know, and I’m a Southern girl. I’m from Louisiana,” she continued as the audience cheered. “I’m from the South and I like to keep it real, so I want to just make sure I keep giving you motherf--kers something to talk about, OK?”

This isn’t the first time the Grammy winner, 35, has used her powerful pipes to quiet haters who say she can’t sing without backup vocals — in June, she sang a live version of “Happy Birthday” to her bodyguard Jacob during a show in Singapore.

#britneyspears sings happy birthday #pieceofme #singapore

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Earlier this year, when asked during an interview how much of her show is sung live, Spears answered, “I’m glad you’re addressing this question because it’s really funny. A lot of people think I don’t sing live. Because I’m dancing so much, um, I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback.”

She added, “It really pisses me off because I’m busting my ass out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever gives me credit for it, you know?” 

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