|(It's easier to see proximity when the lights were on at intermission)|
When I first heard Nicki Minaj (a year ago?), I was not impressed. But with lots of radio play, she's grown on me over time. She was pretty solid in terms of an opening act. I did not love (nor really understand) the storyline that went along with her set, but I rarely get why those are included. The bass in the arena made her lyrics slightly hard to understand at times, but then again....her album is slightly hard to understand on a good day. I could have also done without her grinding, bathing suit clad back up dancers, but what can you do...
Britney Spears herself......well....it wasn't the worst concert performance I've seen. Definitely wasn't the best either. Was she a total train wreck who could barely dance anymore? No, not at all. Not sure what's up with her television performances, but this concert did not look like those. Did she actually sing live at times? Yes. Was it all overdone? Absolutely. Maybe it's a sign of getting older, but I really don't need the flashy "show" and that's what this was.
Although I will admit that from the head-shaving-umbrellas-through-car-windows-thing to now, she does still look good.
Highlight of the show? The fact that one of her backup dancers is Jose Ruiz from last season's So You Think You Can Dance. That's him on the back of the car in the purple.
It's all about the details.