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 nights show: Cyrus eclipsed Lady Gagas opening performance of her new single, Katy Perrys closing rendition of her latest hit and Kanye Wests artsy set. The 20-year-old even grabbed more attention than Justin Timberlakes 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 Cant Stop, she stripped off her outfit to reveal a nude bikini. She sang the first verse of Thickes Blurred Lines, then grinded on the R&B singer and made suggestive moves with a foam hand. The wild child also slapped a girls butt onstage.
It was an eye-popping performance, much like the party shes having in her music video for We Cant 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 of Cyrus performance. I love Robin Thicke, too, so I like that they collabd.
Artist to watch winner Austin Mahone also seemed to enjoy the performance: I thought it was pretty creative. I thought it was pretty cool.
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 Montanas mom! Where did I go wrong?
On MSNBCs 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 on the social network site, ahead of Timberlakes 2.9 million mentions. Cyrus and Thickes performance led in tweets per minute peaks with 306,100.