On Monday night, she uploaded a video of herself inside her mansion, blasting and dancing to Eilish’s song “Bad Guy. ” Notably, the video also stars a stuffed snake, which Spears passionately swings over her shoulders and between her legs before abandoning it on the floor to pull out all of the stops for the grand finale, by sprawling across her piano.
But even in Spears’s expansive catalog of music-video treatments, this one stands apart; the choreography happens to be the same that Spears showcased while performing her song “I’m a Slave 4 U” at the 2001 MTV VMAs.
Even Eilish’s admission that she didn’t believe the Spice Girls were real until 2017 didn’t stop Julia Roberts from declaring that Eilish “is everything” in the weeks that followed.
It’s also been a safe space for millennials to ask a question of their own: “Who is Billie Eilish?
Eilish, who was less than four months old at the time of Spears’s original performance, may not have gotten the reference, but she—and the 44,000 people who liked her comment (a simple “omg”)—seemed to appreciate Spears’s gesture all the same.
Like Eilish, Spears has also been having quite the busy year—for reasons much less joyous than releasing a number-one album.
At 37, Spears is 20 years older than Eilish, but that doesn’t erase the fact that she too was once a 17-year-old pop star.
One homemade Instagram video at a time. https://t.co/L7xa5efQmp— W magazine (@wmag) June 11, 2019