08/29/2011 11:15 am ET | Updated Oct 29, 2011

Britney Spears Shines at VMAs With Tribute (VIDEO)

How quickly things come full circle: eight years after Britney Spears shared a sultry kiss with Madonna on stage at the 2003 VMAs, the pop star returned last night to receive a tribute and the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard" award from Lady Gaga dressed as male alter ego Jo Calderone -- who tried to recreate a similar kiss. But the 29-year-old Spears laughed it off, proving that she has come a long way since her younger, headline-making days: upon picking up the "Best Pop Video" award last night as well, Spears simply said: "My two boys Jayden and Preston, Mommy loves you so much," then thanked boyfriend Jason.