Everyone’s talking about Britney’s dreadful performance at the VMAs… were you really surprised she bombed? Why was she so bad? Celebrity blogs are pondering the reasons.

1. The Criss Angel performance (reportedly involving mirrors and flotation) was scrapped due to insurance issues from The Palms.
2. Britney heard Sarah Silverman’s mean remarks about her kids (“the cutest mistakes”) in rehearsal and was too upset to perform.
3. Despite MTV’s warning to cut out the partying, Spears stayed out until 4 a.m. on Saturday.

What now? Britney needs to reinvent herself, as Madonna has successfully so many times, if she wants to save her career.