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These Photos Show How Ubiquitous Britney Spears Was Before Her Conservatorship

Before her conservatorship, Spears was an ever-present force in the music industry who rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest stars — many of who are now advocating for her freedom.

Posted on July 14, 2021, at 11:45 a.m. ET

On Wednesday afternoon, Britney Spears' attorneys will be back in court in Los Angeles in a follow-up hearing to the heart-wrenching address she gave in June, asking to end her 13-year conservatorship.

The court is due to consider motions from several people involved in the case, which you can read more about here.

Spears has mostly kept out of public view since the conservatorship began in 2008, save for her Vegas Residency and Instagram appearances, both of which have been under the control of the conservatorship.

But it wasn't always that way.

These old photos of Spears performing, whether at home or on a stage, are a reminder of what fame was like for her years ago, when she was at the peak of her musical career.

Spears is not only a decorated pop artist; she was an ever-present force in the industry and rubbed elbows with some of music and Hollywood's biggest stars — many of who are now advocating for her freedom.

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98 Degrees and Britney Spears in 1998.

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Michael Jackson and Britney Spears backstage at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Aug. 29, 2002.

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Fans of Britney Spears are seen in front of the Plaza Athenee Hotel on Nov. 28, 2008, in Paris.

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Britney Spears and Alicia Keys backstage after their performances at the NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration in Philadelphia on Feb. 9, 2002.

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Patti LaBelle and Britney Spears during the 14th Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards (green room/backstage) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in 2003.

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Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez during the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards (audience/ backstage) at the the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Beyoncé, Pink, and Britney Spears attend the launch of Pepsi's new TV commercial at the National Gallery on Jan. 26, 2004, in London.

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Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Britney Spears, and Nelly onstage during MTV's Super Bowl halftime show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in 2001.

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Britney Spears greets fans at a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 17, 2003, on Hollywood Boulevard in California.

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Destiny's Child, Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Limp Bizkit, Tyrese Gibson, NSYNC, and the Goo Goo Dolls pose for a photo for photographer David LaChapelle.

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Britney Spears and Kanye West in 2004.

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Paul Thomas and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, and Britney Spears in 2003.

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Britney Spears waves to fans as she leaves San Francisco's Union Square after an appearance and autograph signing in 2000.

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Fans push against the locked arms of security at the corner of Post and Powell as Britney Spears leaves Union Square after an appearance and autograph signing in 2000.

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Britney Spears and Madonna pose backstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 28, 2003, in New York City.

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Britney Spears and Natalie Portman host a New Year's Eve Party at the Hudson Hotel on Dec. 31, 2002, in New York City.

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Jack Osbourne, Britney Spears, and Kelly Osbourne in 2003.

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Britney Spears present at the 2003 Teen Choice Awards.

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Britney Spears and Sarah Michelle Gellar at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

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Britney Spears and Ricky Martin during the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards rehearsals at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Britney Spears and NSYNC in 1999.

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2000 Grammy Awards nominees Britney Spears and Marc Anthony backstage at a press conference in New York, where the list of Grammy nominees was announced.

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Britney Spears and Will Ferrell during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on April 12, 2003, in Santa Monica, California.

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Britney Spears and Colin Farrell arrive at the premiere of The Recruit at the Cinerama Dome on Jan 28, 2003, in Hollywood, California.

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Alan Cumming during Britney Spears' Album Release Party for Britney at Centro-Fly on Nov. 6, 2001, in New York City.


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