Spears was given a proclamation from the county that noted some of her achievements, including more than 100 million records sold worldwide, 24 top 40 hits, a Grammy Award and five No. 1 debut albums.
“With a versatile career as a recording artist, entertainer and performer that has spanned nearly two decades, Britney Spears continues to be a pop icon adored by fans across the world,” Sisolak said.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman was originally scheduled to present Spears with the key at the event, but was “disinvited,” according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, because Sisolak wanted to do the honors.
“I was summarily disinvited because he’s back in town, and he wants to give her the key to the Strip,” Goodman said.”It’s the most ridiculous, infantile thing in the world.”
The Strip is technically not in Las Vegas, but is in an unincorporated portion of Clark County.
Spears’s likeness was also used in a voter registration effort by the county this fall. A cardboard cutout of a Spears impersonator and impersonators portraying Elvis and Lady Gaga and other Las Vegas performers were stationed around town holding signs reading “Don’t Lose Your Voice. Vote.”
Spears began her “Britney: Piece of Me” residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in December 2013, and has dates currently scheduled through 2015.