Britney Spears by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com Britney Spears by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Not even a universally reviled performance can keep Britney Spears away from the Video Music Awards.

A year removed from her lip-synching, head-scratching number, the recovering pop star has joined forces with MTV again to film a promo for the Sept. 7 ceremony.

Shot on Tuesday, the commercial features Spears doling out hosting advice to first-time emcee, British comedian Russell Brand, E! Online reports.

"It was mostly ad-libbed, with Russell asking her for advice about hosting the show," a source says.

The two aren't the only ones in the ad - a 9,000-pound elephant hovers in the background, as in "'the elephant in the room,'" the source adds.

No word yet if the 26-year-old singer will make an appearance at the show, but she's more than welcomed to return.

"Everyone deserves a second or third chance, right?" MTV president Van Toffler teased in June.

Spears is up for two moon men, including Best Female Video for "Piece of Me." So far, she's been 0-for-15. - Joyce Eng