OK! has learned that Britney Spears will be the opening act at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards on September 9 in Las Vegas.

After weeks of tense discussions between organizers and her management, Britney will get a shot at career redemption, despite doubt among fans and industry insiders as to whether the troubled star will be ready to perform up to the level of such memorable turns as her 2001 VMA duet with a 7-foot python. Even in light of her recent erratic behavior, the VMAs decided to roll the dice on Britney, believing that her performance of the new track "Gimme More" could be among the most highly anticipated show openers ever.

"It’s 100 percent confirmed that she’ll open the show," a well-placed source tells OK! "There have been lots of back-and-forth discussions about this performance and whether it would work. But everyone has decided to back her. It seems the right time to give her a chance to prove herself again musically. This is her big opportunity to prove she still has it. The only person who can blow this now is Britney herself."

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