Gambit Weekly and the Blog of New Orleans have steadily remained on record as being on the cheering squad for our rather wayward Louisiana native daughter. In fact, as I drove into town post-Gustav on I-55, I couldn't help looking wistfully up at the Kentwood water tower and hoping that Brit was finally back on track for her comeback. It'd be a ray of sunshine poking through our storm-darkened skies.Okay, perhaps I exaggerate, but besides British host Russell Brand's taunting of the Jonas Brothers for their promise rings and repeated mispronunciation of the word "precipice," Britney's hat trick at the MTV Video Music Awards last night was the awesomest thing I've seen on cable TV since I watched the Industrial Canal levee wall hold strong last week. (Brand, an admitted sex addict, got a lot of mileage out of the JBs' abstinence in the first part of the show... then, we can only guess he was spanked backstage - not in the good way - by MTV brass, because he made a point of apologizing several times. The 18-year-old American Idol R&B baby-diva and avowed virgin Jordin Sparks also responded on the mic to Brand's jibes about promise rings, saying "Not everybody wants to be a slut." Zing! )
Brit-Brit, looking alert and svelte enough to at least partially erase the memory of her awkward showing at last year's ceremony, swept the awards, taking home moon-man statues for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year, all for her track "Piece of Me." And Hollygrove's most famous product, Lil Wayne, stole the show with a new lip piercing and a pair of performances - a kick-butt medley with T-Pain of tracks from Tha Carter III, and a slightly odd guest spot with Kid Rock on the latter's recent hit "All Summer Long" (did he really throw in a rhyme about 'watermelon and fried chicken?' Oh well...)Anyway, Weezy scooped up the award for Best Hip-Hop Video and we all got to forget our troubles for one brief and shiny TV moment. Rock on, Louisiana.