It can be just one song, an album, a tour, a performance - anything, really. Sometimes you just know when an artist is, as Britney deftly put it, 'in the zone'. So, what are your examples of singers/groups that have just shown that little extra spark in what they've done, and have taken things to the next level? I don't believe that a singer/group can only ever have just one peak - some, in fact, prove time and time again that they can astound and marvel, just when you thought you'd seen it all! Going in the vein of performances (as they combine a huge number of factors), here are three very well known performances of pop's elite that (off the top of my head) I believe to have taken these famous singers to another level. Britney Spears - 2001 VMA Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOj82Bj5_sA&feature=related Over 10 years on, and the resonance of this performance still lingers within the world of pop. Performing her new single, 'I'm a Slave 4 U' for the very first time, and launching a fairly radical change in both sound and public image, Britney (and her team) knocked this one out of the park. The combination of the choreography, the styling, and the raw, unbridled energy further cemented Spears as one of the greatest performers of her time. And hey, why not throw in a little controversy with exotic animals to boot? (Not literally, 'to kick'. Britney's a crazy gal, but she ain't sick.) Quite simply, iconic. Lady GaGa - 2009 VMA Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7vWWYmB9sY Although she'd been on the scene for a while, 2009 was the year that Lady GaGa tore her way into the public's consciousness in a way that hadn't been seen since a certain Ms. Spears had done so exactly a decade before. 'Just Dance' and 'Poker Face' had seen her extremely well commercially, but it was 'Paparazzi' that made people really stop and notice her - firstly with the video, and secondly with this performance. What to say, really? Perhaps the proof of this performance's impact was that GaGa still managed to keep people talking about her even after a certain other controversial event that took place during the same ceremony. The battering of the piano, the blood, the hanging, and that drop of the microphone - goosebumps. Beyoncé - 2011 Billboard Music Awards Performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l2ZLnU_xSI (The tribute and aftermath are included here - skip to 2:56 if you just want the performance.) What do you do after nearly 3 minutes of solid, consistent praise from some of the music industry's top stars (Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder to name a few), and before accepting Billboard's Millennium Award? Prove that you're deserving of it! And that's exactly what Ms. Knowles did. While the song itself polarised fans and critics alike, and didn't exactly set the charts alight, there was no denying that Beyoncé absolutely floored everyone here - that's really saying something when you rarely ever drop the ball in performance. The vocals and choreography left little room for improvement, and when combined with the mind-blowing visuals, effects, and overall grandeur of the moment, Beyoncé was absolutely unstoppable here. * * * So, whilst I'm desperately praying that this thread won't have been a pointless exercise for me in creating, why not think of anything you can add to this list? There are more out there than Beyoncé can shake her Grammys at!