CLEVELAND, Ohio - Walking through the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's "Stay Tuned: Rock on TV" exhibit, you'll easily recognize an iconic outfit from MTV's teen-pop glory days.
As the biggest pop star in the world, Britney Spears stole the show at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. Spears, just 18 years old, opened the ceremony by turning the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get N0) Satisfaction" into a striptease.
Spears then switches to her megahit "Oops!...I did it Again," tearing off her black suit to reveal a sparkled, nude-colored bra and pants.
The performance, featuring heavy choreography and a rock-driven lights show, drew a standing ovation. The team at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame knew it was special right away.
"We saw the performance and were immediately like, 'Wow, this is clearly an iconic moment in her career,'" recalls the Rock Hall's assistant curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger. "We contacted her people and they said, 'Sure we can send it.'"
The museum has had Spears' outfit since that time. In the past, it's been on display among other contemporary outfits and in the popular 2011 "Women Who Rock" exhibit.
But Spears' 2000 VMAs ensemble really shines in the "Rock on TV" exhibit, which opened in May. The exhibit highlights memorable and influential music moments in TV history, from "American Bandstand" to "Soul Train" to "American Idol."
"With [Britney's performance], it was crystal clear in everyone's mind we were watching a special moment," says Rutledge-Borger. "It's still such a sign post in the road map of her career."
Indeed, Spears' first solo performance at the VMAs was just the beginning of several memorable moments for her at the ceremony.
A year later, Spears would wear a snake over her shoulders during a sultry performance of "I'm a Slave 4 U." In 2003, she would have a memorable make out session with Madonna.