MTV has released the much-hyped promotional spots from this year's Video Music Awards host, Russell Brand, and Britney Spears - and they should assuage any lingering doubts about Brit's connection to reality. As previously reported, the ads feature Brand and Spears sitting in front of an elephant, whose presence in the proverbial room is a nod to the pop star's performance debacle at the 2007 awards.

This year's event, set to air Sunday, Sept. 7 (9 pm/ET), is already off to an auspicious start, with Spears handling the spots - below, and here - with ease. Do you agree?