Britney Spears launches Las Vegas residency before star-studded audience

Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and Adam Lambert were among the stars in attendance at Britney Spears' first "Piece of Me" show in Las Vegas.

By Kate Stanton

Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Britney Spears began her highly anticipated two-year residency at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood on Friday night -- a 24-song, 90-minute show that included rain, fire, backup dancers, large video installations and flying across the stage.

The 32-year-old reached back into her musical and sartorial repertoire for much of the performance, which included hits like "Toxic," "Everytime" and "Gimme More," and her notorious sparkly nude bodysuit.


Celebs like Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Sia and Adam Lambert attended the event, while friends Miley Cyrus and Mario Lopez were on hand for brief appearances. Cyrus, who was doing "a lot of grinding" from her seat at the front of the stage, got close to one of the backup dancers. When it was "time to find a hottie," Spears pulled Lopez onstage to don a harness and crawl around.

"Dreams do come true!" Cyrus captioned an Instagram photo of Spears onstage.

Gomez Instagramed a photo of herself with songwriter Sia.


Robin Leach, Las Vegas nightlife expert and former Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host, told CNN that Spears' residency highlights the city's increasing interest in young consumers.

"The demographic of Vegas has been sliding in the last two years, much younger and the emphasis now is not so much on gaming," he said. "When you look at the landscape of pop stars, pop princesses, pop queens, there's nobody other than Britney who has the depth of a career and the number of albums. She has a huge repertoire to go to."

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