NEW YORK It may not be a good thing for her, but Miley Cyrus had the most memorable moment at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The provocative pop singer was the hot topic at Sunday night’s show: Cyrus eclipsed Lady Gaga’s opening performance of her new single, Katy Perry’s closing rendition of her latest hit and Kanye West’s artsy set. The 20-year-old even grabbed more attention than Justin Timberlake’s performance with his ’N Sync band mates.
Cyrus twerked and gyrated, stripped and swayed. She sang, too.
She had a helper at the VMAs: Robin Thicke. After performing her edgy hit, “We Can’t Stop,” she stripped off her outfit to reveal a nude bikini. She sang the first verse of Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” then grinded on the R&B singer and made suggestive moves with a foam hand. The wild child also slapped a girl’s rear end.
It was an eye-popping performance, much like the party she’s having in her music video for “We Can’t Stop,” one of the most popular on YouTube.
Within hours, the Buzzfeed site was posting the “15 Weirdest and Craziest Moments” from Cyrus’ performance, which was aired live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Amazing. I thought it was awesome,” fellow former child star Selena Gomez said backstage. “I love Robin Thicke, too, so I like that they collab’d.”
Brooke Shields, who played Cyrus’ mom in a few episodes of “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel, took note of that on the “Today” show Monday: “I was Hannah Montana’s mom! Where did I go wrong?”
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said the performance was “disgusting and embarrassing,” and that people involved should be ashamed.
Twitter said early Monday that Cyrus was mentioned 4.5 million times, ahead of Timberlake’s 2.9 million mentions. Cyrus and Thicke’s performance led in tweets per minute peaks with 306,100.
Though they were attention grabbers and nominated for four moonmen each, Thicke and Cyrus walked away empty-handed Sunday night.
Cyrus wasn’t the only pop singer with edge at the VMAs: Taylor Swift also turned heads. The 23-year-old, who won best female video, appeared to utter an expletive to Gomez when Swift’s rumored ex, One Direction member Harry Styles, was onstage. The boy band earned boos when it won best song of the summer for “Best Song Ever,” beating out Gomez, Thicke, Cyrus, Daft Punk and Calvin Harris.
Number of cuts on TV to Miley’s mom, Tish Cyrus, looking strangely approving of her daughter’s awkwardly sexualized acting out: One.
Reasons why her daughter’s awkwardly sexualized acting out suddenly starts to make a lot more sense: See above.
The Washington Post contributed
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