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Britney Celebrates Being "VEVO Certified"

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/BritneySpears (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/BritneySpears (via ABC News Radio)

Though Britney Spears has been releasing iconic videos since 1999, only two of her memorable clips -- "Till the World Ends" and "I Wanna Go" -- have racked up more than 100 million views, qualifying her to be a "VEVO Certified" Artist.  On Monday, Britney celebrated her VEVO certifications with a tweet thanking her fans for "the coolest award ever."  She also posted a link to her acceptance speech, as well as a variety of interviews about her videos.

"I wanna thank all my fans out there for helping me and supporting me...this is so incredibly cool.  It's probably the coolest award I've ever gotten," says Britney in her acceptance speech.  "If it wasn't because of you guys, I wouldn't be able to do this.  So, thank you."

Commenting on the popularity of "Till the World Ends" and "I Wanna Go," Britney noted, "To have a hundred million views, it's so flattering, and it's kinda shocking!  It makes me feel like fans appreciate it.  So, it's a good feeling."

In a series of interview clips posted on the VEVO Certified page, Britney then discusses her entire video career, reminiscing about her iconic "...Baby One More Time" clip -- she says it was her idea to wear a schoolgirl outfit -- and her equally impactful clip for "Oops!...I Did It Again."

Ironically, for an artist who literally grew up on camera, Britney reveals that she's not an exhibitionist, so videos don't come entirely naturally to her.

"In everyday life, I'm...kind of a shy person," she says.  "So for me, [videos are] like a form of expression to express myself.  It's part of the craft in what I do, to become different people and different characters, too, and to bring that to life."

She adds, "I think understanding the video process is really important for all of us as artists.  Because it's our one and only chance to really, really connect with the fans on screen and for them to...[put] a picture and a song with a face."

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