Sources close to the MTV Video Music Awards tell Entertainment Weekly in their ‘Oh, The Horror!’ cover story that the network may have known it had a potential fiasco on its hands with Britney Spears opening performance of her new single ‘Gimme More’. “I would think [MTV] knew it was going to be a mess,” says one. “They knew she’d been out partying. It seems like it was really meant for attention, like they wanted the publicity.” A music-industry exec who was seated in the audience told the mag, “Everyone was stunned. We couldn’t believe what was happening right in front of our eyes.” The full story at EW.com has since been removed.