Blonde shoulder length hair.
She turns around.
Blue eyes, made so by coloured contacts.
She doesn't smile. Her lips twist slightly, acknowledging the room of hundreds of her peers. Rihanna. Kanye. Her ex-boyfriend is in the room somewhere, Justin Timberlake.
And then there are the millions watching at home.
It's impossible to know exactly what is going on behind 26-year-old Britney Spears' eyes as she stares out into the sea of round, white tables.
Perhaps she is terrified.
Perhaps, as people will later speculate, she's under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Or both.
Perhaps she doesn't want to be there at all. And despite her health battles, a messy separation, being harassed and stalked by paparazzi since before she was a teenager, there she is on stage anyway.
And the people making money off her do so whether she sinks or swims.
That night, Britney will sink.
The performance itself doesn't even last four minutes.
She looks dizzy and unsteady on her feet.
At some points, she badly lip syncs. At others, she stops lip syncing altogether.